What Should Investors Know About Dollarama Inc’s (TSE:DOL) Capital Returns?

The content of this article will benefit those of you who are starting to educate yourself about investing in the stock market and want a simplistic look at the return on Dollarama Inc (TSE:DOL) stock.

Dollarama stock represents an ownership share in the company. Your equity share is granted in return for the capital provided to the business to operate, and in order for an investment to be successful the business has to create earnings from the funds that make up this capital. This is because the actual cash flow generated by the business dictates the potential for income (dividends) and capital appreciation (price increases), which are the two ways to achieve positive returns when buying a stock. To understand Dollarama’s capital returns we will look at a useful metric called return on capital employed. This will tell us if the company is growing your capital and placing you in good stead to sell your shares at a profit.

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Calculating Return On Capital Employed for DOL

As an investor you have many alternative companies to choose from, which means there is an opportunity cost in any investment you make in the form of a foregone investment in another company. Accordingly, before you invest you need to assess the capital returns that the company has produced with reference to a certain benchmark to ensure that you are confident in the business’ ability to grow your capital at a level that grants an investment over other companies. A good metric to use is return on capital employed (ROCE), which helps us gauge how much income can be created from the funds needed to operate the business. This metric will tell us if Dollarama is good at growing investor capital. I have calculated Dollarama’s ROCE for you below:

ROCE Calculation for DOL

Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) = Earnings Before Tax (EBT) ÷ (Capital Employed)

Capital Employed = (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

∴ ROCE = CA$739m ÷ (CA$2.2b – CA$636m) = 51%

As you can see, DOL earned CA$50.9 from every CA$100 you invested over the previous twelve months. This shows Dollarama provides a great return on capital employed that is well above the 15% ROCE that is typically considered to be a strong benchmark. As a result, if DOL is clever with their reinvestments or dividend payments, investors can grow their capital at an enviable rate over time.

TSX:DOL Last Perf December 6th 18
TSX:DOL Last Perf December 6th 18

A deeper look

The encouraging ROCE is good news for Dollarama investors if the company is able to maintain strong earnings and control their capital needs. But if this doesn’t occur, DOL’s ROCE may deteriorate, in which case your money is better invested elsewhere. So it is important for investors to understand what is going on under the hood and look at how these variables have been behaving. Looking at the past 3 year period shows us that DOL boosted investor return on capital employed from 29%. We can see that earnings have increased from CA$403m to CA$739m whilst the amount of capital employed also grew but by a proportionally lesser volume, which suggests the larger ROCE is due to a growth in earnings relative to capital requirements.

Next Steps

Dollarama’s ROCE has increased in the recent past and is above a benchmark that makes the company a potentially attractive stock that can achieve a solid return on investment. As an investor this is the type of situation you look for, but return on capital employed is a static metric that should be looked at in conjunction with other fundamental indicators like future prospects and valuation. It’s important to account for these factors because you cannot be sure if this trend will continue or if you are getting a good deal for the future returns you are paying for. If you’re interested in diving deeper, take a look at what I’ve linked below for further information on these fundamentals and other potential investment opportunities.

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for DOL’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for DOL’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is DOL worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even if its ROCE is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether DOL is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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