Understanding Your Return On Investment In OPG Power Ventures Plc (LON:OPG)

This article is intended for those of you who are at the beginning of your investing journey and want to better understand how you can grow your money by investing in OPG Power Ventures Plc (LON:OPG).

OPG Power Ventures stock represents an ownership share in the company. As a result, your investment is being put to work to fund operations and if you want to earn an attractive return on your investment, the business needs to be making an adequate amount of money from the funds you provide. 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. Thus, to understand how your money can grow by investing in OPG Power Ventures, you need to look at what the company returns to owners for the use of their capital, which can be done in many ways but today we will use return on capital employed (ROCE).

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Calculating Return On Capital Employed for OPG

Choosing to invest in OPG Power Ventures comes at the cost of investing in another potentially favourable company. Accordingly, before you invest you need to assess the capital returns that the company has produced with reference to a certain benchmark to ensure that you are confident in the business’ ability to grow your capital at a level that grants an investment over other companies. We’ll look at OPG Power Ventures’s returns by computing return on capital employed, which will tell us what the company can generate from the money spent in operations. Take a look at the formula box beneath:

ROCE Calculation for OPG

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

Capital Employed = (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

∴ ROCE = UK£6m ÷ (UK£305m – UK£77m) = 2.6%

OPG’s 2.6% ROCE means that for every £100 you invest, the company creates £2.6. This shows OPG Power Ventures provides an unsatisfying capital return that is well below the 15% ROCE that is typically considered to be a strong benchmark. Nevertheless, if OPG is clever with their reinvestments or dividend payments, investors can still grow their capital although to a poor extent.

AIM:OPG Last Perf November 9th 18
AIM:OPG Last Perf November 9th 18

What is causing this?

OPG doesn’t return an attractive amount on capital, but this will only continue if the company is unable to increase earnings or decrease current capital requirements. Because of this, it is important to look beyond the final value of OPG’s ROCE and understand what is happening to the individual components. Three years ago, OPG’s ROCE was 5.0%, which means the company’s capital returns have worsened. Over the same period, EBT went from UK£21m to UK£6m and capital employed also decreased but to a smaller extent, which means the company’s ROCE has deteriorated due to a decline in earnings relative to the capital invested in the business.

Next Steps

ROCE for OPG investors has fallen in the last few years and is currently at a level that makes us question whether the company is capable of providing a suitable return on investment. However, it is important to know that ROCE does not dictate returns alone, so you need to consider other fundamentals in the business such as future prospects and valuation. If you’re interested in diving deeper, take a look at what I’ve linked below for further information on these fundamentals and other potential investment opportunities.

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for OPG’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for OPG’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is OPG 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 OPG 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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