Here's What To Make Of Envista Holdings' (NYSE:NVST) Decelerating Rates Of Return

Simply Wall St
May 13, 2022
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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. 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. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. However, after investigating Envista Holdings (NYSE:NVST), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

For those who don't know, ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Envista Holdings:

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

0.071 = US$376m ÷ (US$6.6b - US$1.3b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to April 2022).

Therefore, Envista Holdings has an ROCE of 7.1%. In absolute terms, that's a low return but it's around the Medical Equipment industry average of 8.4%.

View our latest analysis for Envista Holdings

NYSE:NVST Return on Capital Employed May 13th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Envista Holdings' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Envista Holdings Tell Us?

Over the past four years, Envista Holdings' ROCE and capital employed have both remained mostly flat. It's not uncommon to see this when looking at a mature and stable business that isn't re-investing its earnings because it has likely passed that phase of the business cycle. With that in mind, unless investment picks up again in the future, we wouldn't expect Envista Holdings to be a multi-bagger going forward.

The Bottom Line On Envista Holdings' ROCE

In a nutshell, Envista Holdings has been trudging along with the same returns from the same amount of capital over the last four years. Additionally, the stock's total return to shareholders over the last year has been flat, which isn't too surprising. On the whole, we aren't too inspired by the underlying trends and we think there may be better chances of finding a multi-bagger elsewhere.

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