International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ:ISCA)’s Return on Capital

This analysis is intended to introduce important early concepts to people who are starting to invest and looking to gauge the potential return on investment in International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ:ISCA).

Buying International Speedway makes you a partial owner of the company. Owing to this, it is important that the underlying business is producing a sufficient amount of income from the capital invested by stockholders. Your return is tied to ISCA’s ability to do this because the amount earned is used to invest in opportunities to grow the business or payout dividends, which are the two sources of return on investment. To understand International Speedway’s capital returns we will look at a useful metric called return on capital employed. This will tell us if the company is growing your capital and placing you in good stead to sell your shares at a profit.

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Calculating Return On Capital Employed for ISCA

As an investor you have many alternative companies to choose from, which means there is an opportunity cost in any investment you make in the form of a foregone investment in another company. Therefore all else aside, your investment in a certain company represents a vote of confidence that the money used to buy the stock will grow larger than if invested elsewhere. So the business’ ability to grow the size of your capital is very important and can be assessed by comparing the return on capital you can get on your investment with a hurdle rate that depends on the other return possibilities you can identify. To determine International Speedway’s capital return we will use ROCE, which tells us how much the company makes from the capital employed in their operations (for things like machinery, wages etc). Take a look at the formula box beneath:

ROCE Calculation for ISCA

Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) = Earnings Before Tax (EBT) ÷ (Capital Employed)

Capital Employed = (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

∴ ROCE = US$120.3m ÷ (US$2.32b – US$174.9m) = 5.6%

The calculation above shows that ISCA’s earnings were 5.6% of capital employed. This makes International Speedway unattractive when compared to a robust 15% ROCE yardstick. So if this rate continues in to the future, investor capital will be able to compound over time, but not to the extent investors should be aiming for.

NasdaqGS:ISCA Last Perf August 27th 18
NasdaqGS:ISCA Last Perf August 27th 18

Then why have investors invested?

ISCA doesn’t return an attractive amount on capital, but this will only continue if the company is unable to increase earnings or decrease current capital requirements. So it is important for investors to understand what is going on under the hood and look at how these variables have been behaving. Looking three years in the past, it is evident that ISCA’s ROCE has risen from 5.5%, indicating the company’s capital returns have stengthened. We can see that earnings have increased from US$109.8m to US$120.3m whilst the amount of capital employed also grew but by a proportionally lesser volume, which suggests the larger ROCE is due to a growth in earnings relative to capital requirements.

Next Steps

ROCE for ISCA investors is below the desired level at the moment, however, the company has triggered an upward trend over the recent past which could signal an opportunity for a solid return on investment in the long term. It is important to know that ROCE does not dictate returns alone, so you need to consider other fundamentals in the business such as future prospects and valuation to determine if an opportunity exists that isn’t made apparent by looking at past data. If you’re building your portfolio and want to take a deeper look, I’ve added a few links below that will help you further evaluate ISCA or move on to other alternatives.

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ISCA’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ISCA’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is ISCA worth today? Despite the unattractive ROCE, is the outlook correctly factored in to the price? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether ISCA is currently undervalued by the market.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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