- Food and Staples Retail
There's Been No Shortage Of Growth Recently For Finatis Société Anonyme's (EPA:FNTS) Returns On Capital
To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding 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 when we looked at Finatis Société Anonyme (EPA:FNTS) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.
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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Finatis Société Anonyme:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.065 = €1.4b ÷ (€34b - €13b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2022).
Thus, Finatis Société Anonyme has an ROCE of 6.5%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Consumer Retailing industry average of 11%.
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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 Finatis Société Anonyme's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
The Trend Of ROCE
Finatis Société Anonyme's ROCE growth is quite impressive. The figures show that over the last five years, ROCE has grown 40% whilst employing roughly the same amount of capital. So our take on this is that the business has increased efficiencies to generate these higher returns, all the while not needing to make any additional investments. On that front, things are looking good so it's worth exploring what management has said about growth plans going forward.
To sum it up, Finatis Société Anonyme is collecting higher returns from the same amount of capital, and that's impressive. And since the stock has dived 80% over the last five years, there may be other factors affecting the company's prospects. Regardless, we think the underlying fundamentals warrant this stock for further investigation.
On a final note, we found 4 warning signs for Finatis Société Anonyme (2 shouldn't be ignored) you should be aware of.
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Finatis Société Anonyme
Finatis Société Anonyme operates in the food distribution business in France and Latin America.
Good value with imperfect balance sheet.