The Returns On Capital At Iren (BIT:IRE) Don't Inspire Confidence

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 19, 2022
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If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding 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. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think Iren (BIT:IRE) 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)?

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 Iren, this is the formula:

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

0.057 = €450m ÷ (€9.5b - €1.6b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

Thus, Iren has an ROCE of 5.7%. On its own that's a low return on capital but it's in line with the industry's average returns of 6.0%.

View our latest analysis for Iren

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BIT:IRE Return on Capital Employed January 19th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Iren'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 Iren.

How Are Returns Trending?

In terms of Iren's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 5.7% from 7.5% five years ago. Although, given both revenue and the amount of assets employed in the business have increased, it could suggest the company is investing in growth, and the extra capital has led to a short-term reduction in ROCE. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.

Our Take On Iren's ROCE

Even though returns on capital have fallen in the short term, we find it promising that revenue and capital employed have both increased for Iren. Furthermore the stock has climbed 92% over the last five years, it would appear that investors are upbeat about the future. So should these growth trends continue, we'd be optimistic on the stock going forward.

If you'd like to know about the risks facing Iren, we've discovered 2 warning signs that you should be aware of.

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