Here's What's Concerning About NNIT's (CPH:NNIT) Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 10, 2022
CPSE:NNIT
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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing amount 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. Although, when we looked at NNIT (CPH:NNIT), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for NNIT:

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

0.04 = kr.85m ÷ (kr.3.0b - kr.834m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).

So, NNIT has an ROCE of 4.0%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Healthcare Services industry average of 15%.

Check out our latest analysis for NNIT

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CPSE:NNIT Return on Capital Employed May 10th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for NNIT 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.

So How Is NNIT's ROCE Trending?

When we looked at the ROCE trend at NNIT, we didn't gain much confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 4.0% from 34% five years ago. However it looks like NNIT might be reinvesting for long term growth because while capital employed has increased, the company's sales haven't changed much in the last 12 months. It's worth keeping an eye on the company's earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.

On a related note, NNIT has decreased its current liabilities to 28% of total assets. That could partly explain why the ROCE has dropped. Effectively this means their suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of the business, which reduces some elements of risk. Since the business is basically funding more of its operations with it's own money, you could argue this has made the business less efficient at generating ROCE.

The Key Takeaway

To conclude, we've found that NNIT is reinvesting in the business, but returns have been falling. Since the stock has declined 58% over the last five years, investors may not be too optimistic on this trend improving either. On the whole, we aren't too inspired by the underlying trends and we think there may be better chances of finding a multi-bagger elsewhere.

Like most companies, NNIT does come with some risks, and we've found 2 warning signs that you should be aware of.

While NNIT 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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