What Should You Know About Isra Vision AG’s (ETR:ISR) Return On Capital?

The content of this article will benefit those of you who are starting to educate yourself about investing in the stock market and want to begin learning the link between Isra Vision AG (ETR:ISR)’s return fundamentals and stock market performance.

If you purchase a ISR share you are effectively becoming a partner with many other shareholders. 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. To understand Isra Vision’s capital returns we will look at a useful metric called return on capital employed. This will tell us if the company is growing your capital and placing you in good stead to sell your shares at a profit.

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ROCE: Explanation and Calculation

Choosing to invest in Isra Vision comes at the cost of investing in another potentially favourable company. Therefore all else aside, your investment in a certain company represents a vote of confidence that the money used to buy the stock will grow larger than if invested elsewhere. So the business’ ability to grow the size of your capital is very important and can be assessed by comparing the return on capital you can get on your investment with a hurdle rate that depends on the other return possibilities you can identify. To determine Isra Vision’s capital return we will use ROCE, which tells us how much the company makes from the capital employed in their operations (for things like machinery, wages etc). Take a look at the formula box beneath:

ROCE Calculation for ISR

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

Capital Employed = (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

∴ ROCE = €29.19m ÷ (€284.93m – €59.49m) = 12.95%

The calculation above shows that ISR’s earnings were 12.95% of capital employed. This shows Isra Vision provides an uninspiring capital return that is slightly below the 15% ROCE that is typically considered to be a strong benchmark. Nevertheless, if ISR is clever with their reinvestments or dividend payments, investors can still grow their capital but may not see the same compounded performance as other high-returning companies.

XTRA:ISR Last Perf August 2nd 18
XTRA:ISR Last Perf August 2nd 18

Why is this the case?

Isra Vision’s relatively poor ROCE is tied to the movement in two factors that change over time: earnings and capital requirements. At the moment Isra Vision is in an adverse position, but this can change if these factors improve. So it is important for investors to understand what is going on under the hood and look at how these variables have been behaving. Three years ago, ISR’s ROCE was 12.06%, which means the company’s capital returns have improved. With this, the current earnings of €29.19m improved from €19.90m and the amount of capital employed also grew but by a proportionally lesser volume, which suggests the larger ROCE is due to a growth in earnings relative to capital requirements.

Next Steps

Despite ISR’s current ROCE remains at an unattractive level, the company has triggered an upward trend over the recent past which could signal an opportunity for a solid return on investment in the long term. Before making any decisions, ROCE does not tell the whole picture so you need to pay attention to other fundamentals like future prospects and valuation to determine whether there is potential for return by focusing our attention elsewhere. If you’re building your portfolio and want to take a deeper look, I’ve added a few links below that will help you further evaluate ISR or move on to other alternatives.

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

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

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