Digital Value (BIT:DGV) Is Aiming To Keep Up Its Impressive Returns

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 21, 2022
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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? Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base of capital employed. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. That's why when we briefly looked at Digital Value's (BIT:DGV) ROCE trend, we were very happy with what we saw.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. To calculate this metric for Digital Value, this is the formula:

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

0.28 = €39m ÷ (€364m - €223m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

So, Digital Value has an ROCE of 28%. In absolute terms that's a great return and it's even better than the Software industry average of 10%.

See our latest analysis for Digital Value

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BIT:DGV Return on Capital Employed January 21st 2022

In the above chart we have measured Digital Value's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Digital Value.

The Trend Of ROCE

We'd be pretty happy with returns on capital like Digital Value. The company has employed 116% more capital in the last two years, and the returns on that capital have remained stable at 28%. With returns that high, it's great that the business can continually reinvest its money at such appealing rates of return. If Digital Value can keep this up, we'd be very optimistic about its future.

One more thing to note, even though ROCE has remained relatively flat over the last two years, the reduction in current liabilities to 61% of total assets, is good to see from a business owner's perspective. This can eliminate some of the risks inherent in the operations because the business has less outstanding obligations to their suppliers and or short-term creditors than they did previously. Although because current liabilities are still 61%, some of that risk is still prevalent.

The Bottom Line

In the end, the company has proven it can reinvest it's capital at high rates of returns, which you'll remember is a trait of a multi-bagger. On top of that, the stock has rewarded shareholders with a remarkable 760% return to those who've held over the last three years. So while the positive underlying trends may be accounted for by investors, we still think this stock is worth looking into further.

Before jumping to any conclusions though, we need to know what value we're getting for the current share price. That's where you can check out our FREE intrinsic value estimation that compares the share price and estimated value.

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