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We're Watching These Trends At Azkoyen (BME:AZK)

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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. Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's 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 Azkoyen (BME:AZK), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

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 Azkoyen, this is the formula:

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

0.096 = €12m ÷ (€160m - €35m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

Thus, Azkoyen has an ROCE of 9.6%. In absolute terms, that's a low return, but it's much better than the Machinery industry average of 6.1%.

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BME:AZK Return on Capital Employed December 16th 2020

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're interested in investigating Azkoyen's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Azkoyen Tell Us?

Things have been pretty stable at Azkoyen, with its capital employed and returns on that capital staying somewhat the same for the last five years. It's not uncommon to see this when looking at a mature and stable business that isn't re-investing its earnings because it has likely passed that phase of the business cycle. So don't be surprised if Azkoyen doesn't end up being a multi-bagger in a few years time.

The Bottom Line

In a nutshell, Azkoyen has been trudging along with the same returns from the same amount of capital over the last five years. Although the market must be expecting these trends to improve because the stock has gained 41% over the last five years. But if the trajectory of these underlying trends continue, we think the likelihood of it being a multi-bagger from here isn't high.

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