Returns On Capital Are Showing Encouraging Signs At DEUTZ (ETR:DEZ)

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 15, 2021
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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. 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. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in DEUTZ's (ETR:DEZ) returns on capital, so let's have a look.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

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. To calculate this metric for DEUTZ, this is the formula:

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

0.013 = €10m ÷ (€1.3b - €464m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

So, DEUTZ has an ROCE of 1.3%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Machinery industry average of 8.0%.

Check out our latest analysis for DEUTZ

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XTRA:DEZ Return on Capital Employed September 15th 2021

In the above chart we have measured DEUTZ'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 DEUTZ here for free.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

Even though ROCE is still low in absolute terms, it's good to see it's heading in the right direction. Looking at the data, we can see that even though capital employed in the business has remained relatively flat, the ROCE generated has risen by 50% over the last five years. 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. It's worth looking deeper into this though because while it's great that the business is more efficient, it might also mean that going forward the areas to invest internally for the organic growth are lacking.

The Key Takeaway

As discussed above, DEUTZ appears to be getting more proficient at generating returns since capital employed has remained flat but earnings (before interest and tax) are up. And a remarkable 110% total return over the last five years tells us that investors are expecting more good things to come in the future. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if DEUTZ can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.

While DEUTZ looks impressive, no company is worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether DEZ is currently trading for a fair price.

While DEUTZ 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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