What Should Investors Know About Allgäuer Brauhaus AG’s (MUN:ALB) Return On Capital?

This article is intended for those of you who are at the beginning of your investing journey and want to begin learning the link between Allgäuer Brauhaus AG (MUN:ALB)’s return fundamentals and stock market performance.

Purchasing Allgäuer Brauhaus gives you an ownership stake 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. You need to pay attention to this because your return on investment is linked to dividends and internal investments to improve the business, which can only occur if the company is expected to produce adequate earnings with the capital that has been provided. Therefore, looking at how efficiently Allgäuer Brauhaus is able to use capital to create earnings will help us understand your potential return. Investors use many different metrics but the analysis below focuses on return on capital employed (ROCE). Let’s take a look at what it can tell us.

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ROCE: Explanation and Calculation

You only have a finite amount of capital to invest, so there are only so many companies that you can add to your portfolio. 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. A good metric to use is return on capital employed (ROCE), which helps us gauge how much income can be created from the funds needed to operate the business. This metric will tell us if Allgäuer Brauhaus is good at growing investor capital. I have calculated Allgäuer Brauhaus’s ROCE for you below:

ROCE Calculation for ALB

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

Capital Employed = (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

∴ ROCE = €560.82k ÷ (€15.99m – €8.42m) = 7.41%

The calculation above shows that ALB’s earnings were 7.41% of capital employed. This makes Allgäuer Brauhaus unattractive when compared to a robust 15% ROCE yardstick. So if this rate continues in to the future, investor capital will be able to compound over time, but not to the extent investors should be aiming for.

MUN:ALB Last Perf July 31st 18
MUN:ALB Last Perf July 31st 18

A deeper look

Although Allgäuer Brauhaus is in an unfavourable position, you should know that this could change if the company is able to increase earnings on the same capital base or find new efficiencies that require less capital to produce earnings. Therefore, investors need to understand the trend of the inputs in the formula above, so that they can see if there is an opportunity to invest. Looking at the past 3 year period shows us that ALB weakened investor return on capital employed from 10.14%. The movement in the earnings variable over this time shows a fall from €1.04m to €560.82k whilst the amount of capital employed also fell but by a proportionally lesser volume, which suggests the smaller ROCE is due to a decline in earnings relative to capital requirements.

Next Steps

ROCE for ALB investors has fallen in the last few years and is currently at a level that makes us question whether the company is capable of providing a suitable return on investment. However, it is important to know that ROCE does not dictate returns alone, so you need to consider other fundamentals in the business such as future prospects and valuation. If you’re interested in diving deeper, take a look at what I’ve linked below for further information on these fundamentals and other potential investment opportunities.

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ALB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ALB’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is ALB 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 ALB 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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