We Like These Underlying Return On Capital Trends At Evoqua Water Technologies (NYSE:AQUA)

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 03, 2021
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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? One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing amount of capital employed. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at Evoqua Water Technologies (NYSE:AQUA) so let's look a bit deeper.

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. The formula for this calculation on Evoqua Water Technologies is:

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

0.081 = US$119m ÷ (US$1.8b - US$371m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Thus, Evoqua Water Technologies has an ROCE of 8.1%. In absolute terms, that's a low return but it's around the Machinery industry average of 9.6%.

View our latest analysis for Evoqua Water Technologies

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NYSE:AQUA Return on Capital Employed September 3rd 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Evoqua Water Technologies compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Evoqua Water Technologies here for free.

The Trend Of ROCE

We're glad to see that ROCE is heading in the right direction, even if it is still low at the moment. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 8.1%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 54%. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, a combination that's common among multi-baggers.

What We Can Learn From Evoqua Water Technologies' ROCE

In summary, it's great to see that Evoqua Water Technologies can compound returns by consistently reinvesting capital at increasing rates of return, because these are some of the key ingredients of those highly sought after multi-baggers. And investors seem to expect more of this going forward, since the stock has rewarded shareholders with a 100% return over the last three years. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.

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While Evoqua Water Technologies may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.

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