Here's What To Make Of Givaudan's (VTX:GIVN) Decelerating Rates Of Return

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 22, 2022
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If you're not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. So, when we ran our eye over Givaudan's (VTX:GIVN) trend of ROCE, we liked what we saw.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

For those who don't know, ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Givaudan:

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

0.12 = CHF1.1b ÷ (CHF11b - CHF2.3b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Therefore, Givaudan has an ROCE of 12%. That's a pretty standard return and it's in line with the industry average of 12%.

See our latest analysis for Givaudan

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SWX:GIVN Return on Capital Employed April 22nd 2022

In the above chart we have measured Givaudan's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Givaudan here for free.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Givaudan Tell Us?

The trend of ROCE doesn't stand out much, but returns on a whole are decent. The company has employed 64% more capital in the last five years, and the returns on that capital have remained stable at 12%. Since 12% is a moderate ROCE though, it's good to see a business can continue to reinvest at these decent rates of return. Stable returns in this ballpark can be unexciting, but if they can be maintained over the long run, they often provide nice rewards to shareholders.

Our Take On Givaudan's ROCE

To sum it up, Givaudan has simply been reinvesting capital steadily, at those decent rates of return. And long term investors would be thrilled with the 121% return they've received 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.

Givaudan does have some risks though, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Givaudan that you might be interested in.

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