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The Returns At GO (MTSE:GO) Provide Us With Signs Of What's To Come

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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? 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. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. Having said that, from a first glance at GO (MTSE:GO) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

Understanding 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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for GO:

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

0.10 = €25m ÷ (€328m - €82m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).

Therefore, GO has an ROCE of 10%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 8.2% generated by the Telecom industry.

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MTSE:GO Return on Capital Employed December 10th 2020

While the past is not representative of the future, it can be helpful to know how a company has performed historically, which is why we have this chart above. If you're interested in investigating GO's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Does the ROCE Trend For GO Tell Us?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at GO doesn't inspire confidence. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 16%, but since then they've fallen to 10%. However it looks like GO 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.

What We Can Learn From GO's ROCE

To conclude, we've found that GO is reinvesting in the business, but returns have been falling. Although the market must be expecting these trends to improve because the stock has gained 50% over the last five years. However, unless these underlying trends turn more positive, we wouldn't get our hopes up too high.

GO does come with some risks though, we found 4 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 1 of those makes us a bit uncomfortable...

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