DATAGROUP (ETR:D6H) Shareholders Will Want The ROCE Trajectory To Continue

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 10, 2022
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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. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at DATAGROUP (ETR:D6H) so let's look a bit deeper.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

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 DATAGROUP is:

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

0.11 = €33m ÷ (€438m - €136m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Therefore, DATAGROUP has an ROCE of 11%. That's a pretty standard return and it's in line with the industry average of 11%.

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XTRA:D6H Return on Capital Employed May 10th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for DATAGROUP compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

How Are Returns Trending?

Investors would be pleased with what's happening at DATAGROUP. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 11%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 128%. The increasing returns on a growing amount of capital is common amongst multi-baggers and that's why we're impressed.

For the record though, there was a noticeable increase in the company's current liabilities over the period, so we would attribute some of the ROCE growth to that. Essentially the business now has suppliers or short-term creditors funding about 31% of its operations, which isn't ideal. It's worth keeping an eye on this because as the percentage of current liabilities to total assets increases, some aspects of risk also increase.

Our Take On DATAGROUP's ROCE

In summary, it's great to see that DATAGROUP can compound returns by consistently reinvesting capital at increasing rates of return, because these are some of the key ingredients of those highly sought after multi-baggers. Since the stock has returned a staggering 105% to shareholders over the last five years, it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. Therefore, we think it would be worth your time to check if these trends are going to continue.

One more thing to note, we've identified 2 warning signs with DATAGROUP and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

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