RTX (CPH:RTX) Will Want To Turn Around Its Return Trends
Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding 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. However, after investigating RTX (CPH:RTX), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.
What Is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?
If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. To calculate this metric for RTX, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.11 = kr.46m ÷ (kr.557m - kr.154m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).
Therefore, RTX has an ROCE of 11%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty normal return, and it's somewhat close to the Communications industry average of 13%.
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Above you can see how the current ROCE for RTX compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for RTX.
What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us
On the surface, the trend of ROCE at RTX doesn't inspire confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 11% from 26% five years ago. However, given capital employed and revenue have both increased it appears that the business is currently pursuing growth, at the consequence of short term returns. And if the increased capital generates additional returns, the business, and thus shareholders, will benefit in the long run.
Even though returns on capital have fallen in the short term, we find it promising that revenue and capital employed have both increased for RTX. However, total returns to shareholders over the last five years have been flat, which could indicate these growth trends potentially aren't accounted for yet by investors. As a result, we'd recommend researching this stock further to uncover what other fundamentals of the business can show us.
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RTX A/S, a technology company, designs, manufactures, and sells wireless communication solutions in Denmark, France, Germany, Other European regions, the United States, Hong Kong, Other Asia-Pacific regions, and internationally.
Flawless balance sheet with reasonable growth potential.