The Return Trends At Bouygues (EPA:EN) Look Promising

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Simply Wall St
Published
October 31, 2021
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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. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. So on that note, Bouygues (EPA:EN) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Bouygues:

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

0.088 = €1.8b ÷ (€42b - €21b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Thus, Bouygues has an ROCE of 8.8%. In absolute terms, that's a low return but it's around the Construction industry average of 7.8%.

See our latest analysis for Bouygues

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ENXTPA:EN Return on Capital Employed November 1st 2021

In the above chart we have measured Bouygues' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Bouygues here for free.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Bouygues Tell Us?

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 8.8%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 29% more capital is being employed now too. 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.

On a side note, Bouygues' current liabilities are still rather high at 50% of total assets. 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. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.

Our Take On Bouygues' ROCE

To sum it up, Bouygues has proven it can reinvest in the business and generate higher returns on that capital employed, which is terrific. And with a respectable 56% 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. Therefore, we think it would be worth your time to check if these trends are going to continue.

On a separate note, we've found 1 warning sign for Bouygues you'll probably want to know about.

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