IntriCon's (NASDAQ:IIN) Returns Have Hit A Wall

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 08, 2022
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Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. Having said that, from a first glance at IntriCon (NASDAQ:IIN) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

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 IntriCon, this is the formula:

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

0.029 = US$3.0m ÷ (US$123m - US$22m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

Therefore, IntriCon has an ROCE of 2.9%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Medical Equipment industry average of 8.2%.

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NasdaqGM:IIN Return on Capital Employed February 8th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for IntriCon compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

In terms of IntriCon's historical ROCE trend, it doesn't exactly demand attention. The company has consistently earned 2.9% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 258% in that time. This poor ROCE doesn't inspire confidence right now, and with the increase in capital employed, it's evident that the business isn't deploying the funds into high return investments.

One more thing to note, even though ROCE has remained relatively flat over the last five years, the reduction in current liabilities to 17% of total assets, is good to see from a business owner's perspective. This can eliminate some of the risks inherent in the operations because the business has less outstanding obligations to their suppliers and or short-term creditors than they did previously.

The Key Takeaway

Long story short, while IntriCon has been reinvesting its capital, the returns that it's generating haven't increased. Investors must think there's better things to come because the stock has knocked it out of the park, delivering a 121% gain to shareholders who have held over the last five years. Ultimately, if the underlying trends persist, we wouldn't hold our breath on it being a multi-bagger going forward.

On a final note, we've found 3 warning signs for IntriCon that we think you should be aware of.

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