# What Should You Know About Grammer AG’s (FRA:GMM) Capital Returns?

This analysis is intended to introduce important early concepts to people who are starting to invest and want a simplistic look at the return on Grammer AG (FRA:GMM) stock.

Grammer stock represents an ownership share in the company. As a result, your investment is being put to work to fund operations and if you want to earn an attractive return on your investment, the business needs to be making an adequate amount of money from the funds you provide. Your return is tied to GMM’s ability to do this because the amount earned is used to invest in opportunities to grow the business or payout dividends, which are the two sources of return on investment. To understand Grammer’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.

### Calculating Return On Capital Employed for GMM

Choosing to invest in Grammer comes at the cost of investing in another potentially favourable 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. To determine Grammer’s capital return we will use ROCE, which tells us how much the company makes from the capital employed in their operations (for things like machinery, wages etc). GMM’s ROCE is calculated below:

ROCE Calculation for GMM

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

Capital Employed = (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

∴ ROCE = €48m ÷ (€1.1b – €448m) = 8.8%

The calculation above shows that GMM’s earnings were 8.8% of capital employed. This shows Grammer provides a dull capital return that is below the 15% ROCE that is typically considered to be a strong benchmark. Nevertheless, if GMM is clever with their reinvestments or dividend payments, investors can still grow their capital but may fall behind other more attractive opportunities in the market.

### A deeper look

Grammer’s relatively poor ROCE is tied to the movement in two factors that change over time: earnings and capital requirements. At the moment Grammer is in an adverse position, but this can change if these factors improve. So it is important for investors to understand what is going on under the hood and look at how these variables have been behaving. Three years ago, GMM’s ROCE was 7.4%, which means the company’s capital returns have improved. In this time, earnings have actually fallen from €48m to €48m,

### Next Steps

ROCE for GMM investors is below the desired level at the moment, however, the company has triggered an upward trend over the recent past which could signal an opportunity for a solid return on investment in the long term. Before making any decisions, ROCE does not tell the whole picture so you need to pay attention to other fundamentals like future prospects and valuation to determine whether there is potential for return by focusing our attention elsewhere. Grammer’s fundamentals can be explored with the links I’ve provided below if you are interested, otherwise you can start looking at other high-performing stocks.

1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for GMM’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for GMM’s outlook.
2. Valuation: What is GMM worth today? Despite the unattractive ROCE, is the outlook correctly factored in to the price? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether GMM is currently undervalued 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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