Carl Zeiss Meditec (ETR:AFX) Has Some Way To Go To Become A Multi-Bagger

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 05, 2021
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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's amount of capital employed. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. That's why when we briefly looked at Carl Zeiss Meditec's (ETR:AFX) ROCE trend, we were pretty happy with what we saw.

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

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. The formula for this calculation on Carl Zeiss Meditec is:

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

0.19 = €348m ÷ (€2.2b - €348m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Thus, Carl Zeiss Meditec has an ROCE of 19%. That's a relatively normal return on capital, and it's around the 17% generated by the Medical Equipment industry.

Check out our latest analysis for Carl Zeiss Meditec

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XTRA:AFX Return on Capital Employed November 6th 2021

In the above chart we have measured Carl Zeiss Meditec'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 Carl Zeiss Meditec here for free.

What Can We Tell From Carl Zeiss Meditec's ROCE Trend?

While the current returns on capital are decent, they haven't changed much. The company has consistently earned 19% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 97% in that time. Since 19% is a moderate ROCE though, it's good to see a business can continue to reinvest at these decent rates of return. Over long periods of time, returns like these might not be too exciting, but with consistency they can pay off in terms of share price returns.

What We Can Learn From Carl Zeiss Meditec's ROCE

The main thing to remember is that Carl Zeiss Meditec has proven its ability to continually reinvest at respectable rates of return. And long term investors would be thrilled with the 491% return they've received over the last five years. So while the positive underlying trends may be accounted for by investors, we still think this stock is worth looking into further.

Carl Zeiss Meditec could be trading at an attractive price in other respects, so you might find our free intrinsic value estimation on our platform quite valuable.

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