Slowing Rates Of Return At Barry Callebaut (VTX:BARN) Leave Little Room For Excitement

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 21, 2022
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What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. With that in mind, the ROCE of Barry Callebaut (VTX:BARN) looks decent, right now, so lets see what the trend of returns can tell us.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Barry Callebaut:

Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)

0.11 = CHF577m ÷ (CHF7.2b - CHF2.2b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to August 2021).

Therefore, Barry Callebaut has an ROCE of 11%. That's a relatively normal return on capital, and it's around the 10% generated by the Food industry.

See our latest analysis for Barry Callebaut

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SWX:BARN Return on Capital Employed February 21st 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Barry Callebaut compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Barry Callebaut here for free.

How Are Returns Trending?

While the returns on capital are good, they haven't moved much. The company has employed 51% more capital in the last five years, and the returns on that capital have remained stable at 11%. Since 11% is a moderate ROCE though, it's good to see a business can continue to reinvest at these decent rates of return. Over long periods of time, returns like these might not be too exciting, but with consistency they can pay off in terms of share price returns.

On a side note, Barry Callebaut has done well to reduce current liabilities to 30% of total assets over the last five years. Effectively suppliers now fund less of the business, which can lower some elements of risk.

What We Can Learn From Barry Callebaut's ROCE

To sum it up, Barry Callebaut has simply been reinvesting capital steadily, at those decent rates of return. And the stock has followed suit returning a meaningful 73% to shareholders over the last five years. So even though the stock might be more "expensive" than it was before, we think the strong fundamentals warrant this stock for further research.

Barry Callebaut could be trading at an attractive price in other respects, so you might find our free intrinsic value estimation on our platform quite valuable.

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