Slowing Rates Of Return At Dassault Aviation (EPA:AM) Leave Little Room For Excitement

Simply Wall St
January 08, 2022
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To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? 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. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. Although, when we looked at Dassault Aviation (EPA:AM), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

For those who don't know, ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. To calculate this metric for Dassault Aviation, this is the formula:

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

0.082 = €412m ÷ (€14b - €9.0b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Thus, Dassault Aviation has an ROCE of 8.2%. In absolute terms, that's a low return but it's around the Aerospace & Defense industry average of 9.1%.

View our latest analysis for Dassault Aviation

ENXTPA:AM Return on Capital Employed January 8th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Dassault Aviation's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Dassault Aviation.

So How Is Dassault Aviation's ROCE Trending?

Over the past five years, Dassault Aviation's ROCE and capital employed have both remained mostly flat. Businesses with these traits tend to be mature and steady operations because they're past the growth phase. So unless we see a substantial change at Dassault Aviation in terms of ROCE and additional investments being made, we wouldn't hold our breath on it being a multi-bagger.

On a separate but related note, it's important to know that Dassault Aviation has a current liabilities to total assets ratio of 64%, which we'd consider pretty high. This can bring about some risks because the company is basically operating with a rather large reliance on its suppliers or other sorts of short-term creditors. While it's not necessarily a bad thing, it can be beneficial if this ratio is lower.

What We Can Learn From Dassault Aviation's ROCE

In a nutshell, Dassault Aviation has been trudging along with the same returns from the same amount of capital over the last five years. Additionally, the stock's total return to shareholders over the last five years has been flat, which isn't too surprising. In any case, the stock doesn't have these traits of a multi-bagger discussed above, so if that's what you're looking for, we think you'd have more luck elsewhere.

Like most companies, Dassault Aviation does come with some risks, and we've found 1 warning sign that you should be aware of.

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