There's Been No Shortage Of Growth Recently For Mainova's (FRA:MNV6) Returns On Capital

March 02, 2022
  •  Updated
June 20, 2022
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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. So when we looked at Mainova (FRA:MNV6) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.

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. To calculate this metric for Mainova, this is the formula:

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

0.098 = €296m ÷ (€4.0b - €987m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

So, Mainova has an ROCE of 9.8%. On its own that's a low return, but compared to the average of 6.4% generated by the Integrated Utilities industry, it's much better.

Check out our latest analysis for Mainova

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DB:MNV6 Return on Capital Employed March 2nd 2022

While the past is not representative of the future, it can be helpful to know how a company has performed historically, which is why we have this chart above. If you'd like to look at how Mainova has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Can We Tell From Mainova's ROCE Trend?

While in absolute terms it isn't a high ROCE, it's promising to see that it has been moving in the right direction. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 9.8%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 41%. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, a combination that's common among multi-baggers.

In Conclusion...

A company that is growing its returns on capital and can consistently reinvest in itself is a highly sought after trait, and that's what Mainova has. And with a respectable 92% awarded to those who held the stock over the last five years, you could argue that these developments are starting to get the attention they deserve. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if Mainova can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.

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While Mainova isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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