Energiedienst Holding (VTX:EDHN) Might Have The Makings Of A Multi-Bagger

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 20, 2022
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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. So when we looked at Energiedienst Holding (VTX:EDHN) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Energiedienst Holding:

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

0.059 = €71m ÷ (€1.5b - €254m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Thus, Energiedienst Holding has an ROCE of 5.9%. In absolute terms, that's a low return but it's around the Electric Utilities industry average of 7.2%.

See our latest analysis for Energiedienst Holding

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SWX:EDHN Return on Capital Employed January 20th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Energiedienst Holding's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Energiedienst Holding Tell Us?

Energiedienst Holding's ROCE growth is quite impressive. More specifically, while the company has kept capital employed relatively flat over the last five years, the ROCE has climbed 80% in that same time. So our take on this is that the business has increased efficiencies to generate these higher returns, all the while not needing to make any additional investments. The company is doing well in that sense, and it's worth investigating what the management team has planned for long term growth prospects.

The Bottom Line

To bring it all together, Energiedienst Holding has done well to increase the returns it's generating from its capital employed. And a remarkable 105% total return over the last five years tells us that investors are expecting more good things to come in the future. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.

One final note, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Energiedienst Holding (including 1 which doesn't sit too well with us) .

While Energiedienst Holding may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.

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