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# Getlink SE (EPA:GET)’s Return on Capital

This analysis is intended to introduce important early concepts to people who are starting to invest and looking to gauge the potential return on investment in Getlink SE (EPA:GET).

Getlink stock represents an ownership share in the company. Owing to this, it is important that the underlying business is producing a sufficient amount of income from the capital invested by stockholders. You need to pay attention to this because your return on investment is linked to dividends and internal investments to improve the business, which can only occur if the company is expected to produce adequate earnings with the capital that has been provided. Therefore, looking at how efficiently Getlink is able to use capital to create earnings will help us understand your potential return. Investors use many different metrics but the analysis below focuses on return on capital employed (ROCE). Let’s take a look at what it can tell us.

### Calculating Return On Capital Employed for GET

As an investor you have many alternative companies to choose from, which means there is an opportunity cost in any investment you make in the form of a foregone investment in another company. The cost of missing out on another opportunity comes in the form of the potential long term gain you could’ve received, which is dependent on the gap between the return on capital you could’ve achieved and that of the company you invested in. Hence, capital returns are very important, and should be examined before you invest in conjunction with a certain benchmark that represents the minimum return you require to be compensated for the risk of missing out on other potentially lucrative investments. We’ll look at Getlink’s returns by computing return on capital employed, which will tell us what the company can generate from the money spent in operations. I have calculated Getlink’s ROCE for you below:

ROCE Calculation for GET

Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) = Earnings Before Tax (EBT) ÷ (Capital Employed)

Capital Employed = (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

∴ ROCE = €129.16m ÷ (€7.49b – €378.79m) = 1.82%

The calculation above shows that GET’s earnings were 1.82% of capital employed. This shows Getlink provides an unsatisfying capital return that is well below the 15% ROCE that is typically considered to be a strong benchmark. Nevertheless, if GET is clever with their reinvestments or dividend payments, investors can still grow their capital although to a poor extent.

### Why is this the case?

Although Getlink is in an unfavourable position, you should know that this could change if the company is able to increase earnings on the same capital base or find new efficiencies that require less capital to produce earnings. So it is important for investors to understand what is going on under the hood and look at how these variables have been behaving. Looking three years in the past, it is evident that GET’s ROCE has risen from 0.92%, indicating the company’s capital returns have stengthened. Over the same period, EBT went from €64.59m to €129.16m and capital employed improved as well albeit by a relatively smaller amount, signifying ROCE increased as a result of a greater surge in earnings compared to the business’ use of capital.

### Next Steps

ROCE for GET investors is below the desired level at the moment, however, the company has triggered an upward trend over the recent past which could signal an opportunity for a solid return on investment in the long term. But don’t forget, return on capital employed is a static metric that should be looked at in conjunction with other fundamental indicators like future prospects and valuation to determine whether there is potential for return by focusing our attention elsewhere. If you’re building your portfolio and want to take a deeper look, I’ve added a few links below that will help you further evaluate GET or move on to other alternatives.

1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for GET’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for GET’s outlook.
2. Valuation: What is GET worth today? Despite the unattractive ROCE, is the outlook correctly factored in to the price? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether GET is currently undervalued by the market.
3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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