Dürr (ETR:DUE) Could Be Struggling To Allocate Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 13, 2021
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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. 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. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think Dürr (ETR:DUE) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.

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

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. The formula for this calculation on Dürr is:

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

0.035 = €69m ÷ (€4.0b - €2.0b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Thus, Dürr has an ROCE of 3.5%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Machinery industry average of 7.5%.

View our latest analysis for Dürr

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XTRA:DUE Return on Capital Employed August 14th 2021

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

What Can We Tell From Dürr's ROCE Trend?

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Dürr, we didn't gain much confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 3.5% from 17% five years ago. On the other hand, the company has been employing more capital without a corresponding improvement in sales in the last year, which could suggest these investments are longer term plays. It's worth keeping an eye on the company's earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.

On a side note, Dürr's current liabilities are still rather high at 50% of total assets. This can bring about some risks because the company is basically operating with a rather large reliance on its suppliers or other sorts of short-term creditors. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.

In Conclusion...

To conclude, we've found that Dürr is reinvesting in the business, but returns have been falling. Unsurprisingly, the stock has only gained 32% over the last five years, which potentially indicates that investors are accounting for this going forward. So if you're looking for a multi-bagger, the underlying trends indicate you may have better chances elsewhere.

On a final note, we found 3 warning signs for Dürr (1 is a bit unpleasant) you should be aware of.

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