Returns Are Gaining Momentum At Albertsons Companies (NYSE:ACI)

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 16, 2022
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Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing 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. So when we looked at Albertsons Companies (NYSE:ACI) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.

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

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 Albertsons Companies, this is the formula:

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

0.13 = US$2.6b ÷ (US$28b - US$8.3b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to February 2022).

So, Albertsons Companies has an ROCE of 13%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Consumer Retailing industry average of 8.5% it's much better.

See our latest analysis for Albertsons Companies

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NYSE:ACI Return on Capital Employed May 16th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Albertsons Companies' 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 Albertsons Companies.

What Can We Tell From Albertsons Companies' ROCE Trend?

Albertsons Companies' ROCE growth is quite impressive. The figures show that over the last five years, ROCE has grown 152% whilst employing roughly the same amount of capital. So our take on this is that the business has increased efficiencies to generate these higher returns, all the while not needing to make any additional investments. It's worth looking deeper into this though because while it's great that the business is more efficient, it might also mean that going forward the areas to invest internally for the organic growth are lacking.

Our Take On Albertsons Companies' ROCE

To bring it all together, Albertsons Companies has done well to increase the returns it's generating from its capital employed. Since the stock has returned a solid 59% to shareholders over the last year, it's fair to say investors are beginning to recognize these changes. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.

On a separate note, we've found 4 warning signs for Albertsons Companies you'll probably want to know about.

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