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Here's What Allegion's (NYSE:ALLE) Strong Returns On Capital Mean

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Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. Ergo, when we looked at the ROCE trends at Allegion (NYSE:ALLE), we liked what we saw.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. To calculate this metric for Allegion, this is the formula:

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

0.25 = US$631m ÷ (US$3.1b - US$564m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

So, Allegion has an ROCE of 25%. In absolute terms that's a great return and it's even better than the Building industry average of 14%.

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NYSE:ALLE Return on Capital Employed October 3rd 2021

In the above chart we have measured Allegion's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Allegion here for free.

So How Is Allegion's ROCE Trending?

It's hard not to be impressed by Allegion's returns on capital. The company has employed 33% more capital in the last five years, and the returns on that capital have remained stable at 25%. Returns like this are the envy of most businesses and given it has repeatedly reinvested at these rates, that's even better. You'll see this when looking at well operated businesses or favorable business models.

The Bottom Line On Allegion's ROCE

In short, we'd argue Allegion has the makings of a multi-bagger since its been able to compound its capital at very profitable rates of return. On top of that, the stock has rewarded shareholders with a remarkable 108% return to those who've held over the last five years. So even though the stock might be more "expensive" than it was before, we think the strong fundamentals warrant this stock for further research.

One more thing to note, we've identified 2 warning signs with Allegion and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

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