Voltalia (EPA:VLTSA) Hasn't Managed To Accelerate Its Returns

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 25, 2022
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If we want to find a potential multi-bagger, often there are underlying trends that can provide clues. 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. Having said that, from a first glance at Voltalia (EPA:VLTSA) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

Understanding 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. The formula for this calculation on Voltalia is:

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

0.037 = €62m ÷ (€2.1b - €455m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

So, Voltalia has an ROCE of 3.7%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Renewable Energy industry average of 4.8%.

Check out our latest analysis for Voltalia

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ENXTPA:VLTSA Return on Capital Employed April 25th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Voltalia's 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 Voltalia here for free.

How Are Returns Trending?

The returns on capital haven't changed much for Voltalia in recent years. The company has consistently earned 3.7% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 118% in that time. This poor ROCE doesn't inspire confidence right now, and with the increase in capital employed, it's evident that the business isn't deploying the funds into high return investments.

Our Take On Voltalia's ROCE

Long story short, while Voltalia has been reinvesting its capital, the returns that it's generating haven't increased. Yet to long term shareholders the stock has gifted them an incredible 119% return in the last five years, so the market appears to be rosy about its future. But if the trajectory of these underlying trends continue, we think the likelihood of it being a multi-bagger from here isn't high.

One more thing, we've spotted 1 warning sign facing Voltalia that you might find interesting.

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