Invisio (STO:IVSO) May Have Issues Allocating Its Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 23, 2021
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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? 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. In light of that, when we looked at Invisio (STO:IVSO) and its ROCE trend, we weren't exactly thrilled.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. The formula for this calculation on Invisio is:

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

0.11 = kr64m ÷ (kr695m - kr127m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

So, Invisio has an ROCE of 11%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Aerospace & Defense industry average of 8.7% it's much better.

Check out our latest analysis for Invisio

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OM:IVSO Return on Capital Employed November 24th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Invisio compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Invisio.

How Are Returns Trending?

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Invisio, we didn't gain much confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 40% over the last five years. However it looks like Invisio 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.

The Key Takeaway

To conclude, we've found that Invisio is reinvesting in the business, but returns have been falling. Yet to long term shareholders the stock has gifted them an incredible 145% return in the last five years, so the market appears to be rosy about its future. However, unless these underlying trends turn more positive, we wouldn't get our hopes up too high.

On a separate note, we've found 2 warning signs for Invisio you'll probably want to know about.

While Invisio isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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