Voltalia (EPA:VLTSA) Might Be Having Difficulty Using Its Capital Effectively

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 10, 2022
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If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. 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. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. However, after investigating Voltalia (EPA:VLTSA), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

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 Voltalia, this is the formula:

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

0.032 = €54m ÷ (€2.1b - €361m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Therefore, Voltalia has an ROCE of 3.2%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Renewable Energy industry average of 4.4%.

See our latest analysis for Voltalia

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ENXTPA:VLTSA Return on Capital Employed January 10th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Voltalia compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Voltalia here for free.

How Are Returns Trending?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at Voltalia doesn't inspire confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 5.5% over the last five years. However, given capital employed and revenue have both increased it appears that the business is currently pursuing growth, at the consequence of short term returns. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.

The Bottom Line On Voltalia's ROCE

While returns have fallen for Voltalia in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. And the stock has done incredibly well with a 109% return over the last five years, so long term investors are no doubt ecstatic with that result. So should these growth trends continue, we'd be optimistic on the stock going forward.

If you want to know some of the risks facing Voltalia we've found 3 warning signs (1 is a bit concerning!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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