Salvatore Ferragamo (BIT:SFER) Might Be Having Difficulty Using Its Capital Effectively

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 12, 2021
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What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think Salvatore Ferragamo (BIT:SFER) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.

What is 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 Salvatore Ferragamo is:

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

0.083 = €109m ÷ (€1.6b - €287m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Therefore, Salvatore Ferragamo has an ROCE of 8.3%. In absolute terms, that's a low return, but it's much better than the Luxury industry average of 6.1%.

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BIT:SFER Return on Capital Employed September 13th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Salvatore Ferragamo compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Salvatore Ferragamo Tell Us?

In terms of Salvatore Ferragamo's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 36%, but since then they've fallen to 8.3%. However it looks like Salvatore Ferragamo might be reinvesting for long term growth because while capital employed has increased, the company's sales haven't changed much in the last 12 months. It's worth keeping an eye on the company's earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.

On a side note, Salvatore Ferragamo has done well to pay down its current liabilities to 18% of total assets. That could partly explain why the ROCE has dropped. Effectively this means their suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of the business, which reduces some elements of risk. Some would claim this reduces the business' efficiency at generating ROCE since it is now funding more of the operations with its own money.

The Key Takeaway

In summary, Salvatore Ferragamo is reinvesting funds back into the business for growth but unfortunately it looks like sales haven't increased much just yet. Unsurprisingly then, the total return to shareholders over the last five years has been flat. On the whole, we aren't too inspired by the underlying trends and we think there may be better chances of finding a multi-bagger elsewhere.

On a separate note, we've found 1 warning sign for Salvatore Ferragamo you'll probably want to know about.

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