Do All for One Group AG’s (ETR:A1OS) Returns On Capital Employed Make The Cut?

Today we’ll evaluate All for One Group AG (ETR:A1OS) to determine whether it could have potential as an investment idea. To be precise, we’ll consider its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), as that will inform our view of the quality of the business.

First, we’ll go over how we calculate ROCE. Second, we’ll look at its ROCE compared to similar companies. Finally, we’ll look at how its current liabilities affect its ROCE.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

ROCE measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. All else being equal, a better business will have a higher ROCE. Overall, it is a valuable metric that has its flaws. Renowned investment researcher Michael Mauboussin has suggested that a high ROCE can indicate that ‘one dollar invested in the company generates value of more than one dollar’.

So, How Do We Calculate ROCE?

Analysts use this formula to calculate return on capital employed:

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

Or for All for One Group:

0.14 = €18m ÷ (€192m – €65m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2018.)

Therefore, All for One Group has an ROCE of 14%.

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Does All for One Group Have A Good ROCE?

One way to assess ROCE is to compare similar companies. Using our data, All for One Group’s ROCE appears to be around the 12% average of the IT industry. Independently of how All for One Group compares to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms appears decent, and the company may be worthy of closer investigation.

XTRA:A1OS Past Revenue and Net Income, May 18th 2019
XTRA:A1OS Past Revenue and Net Income, May 18th 2019

When considering this metric, keep in mind that it is backwards looking, and not necessarily predictive. Companies in cyclical industries can be difficult to understand using ROCE, as returns typically look high during boom times, and low during busts. ROCE is, after all, simply a snap shot of a single year. What happens in the future is pretty important for investors, so we have prepared a free report on analyst forecasts for All for One Group.

What Are Current Liabilities, And How Do They Affect All for One Group’s ROCE?

Current liabilities include invoices, such as supplier payments, short-term debt, or a tax bill, that need to be paid within 12 months. Due to the way the ROCE equation works, having large bills due in the near term can make it look as though a company has less capital employed, and thus a higher ROCE than usual. To check the impact of this, we calculate if a company has high current liabilities relative to its total assets.

All for One Group has total assets of €192m and current liabilities of €65m. Therefore its current liabilities are equivalent to approximately 34% of its total assets. With this level of current liabilities, All for One Group’s ROCE is boosted somewhat.

The Bottom Line On All for One Group’s ROCE

While its ROCE looks good, it’s worth remembering that the current liabilities are making the business look better. All for One Group looks strong on this analysis, but there are plenty of other companies that could be a good opportunity . Here is a free list of companies growing earnings rapidly.

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