Returns On Capital Signal Tricky Times Ahead For Vontier (NYSE:VNT)

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 22, 2022
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If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. Having said that, from a first glance at Vontier (NYSE:VNT) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. To calculate this metric for Vontier, this is the formula:

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

0.17 = US$595m ÷ (US$4.3b - US$933m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

So, Vontier has an ROCE of 17%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Electronic industry average of 11% it's much better.

View our latest analysis for Vontier

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NYSE:VNT Return on Capital Employed April 22nd 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Vontier 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 Vontier here for free.

The Trend Of ROCE

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Vontier, we didn't gain much confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 23% over the last four years. Although, given both revenue and the amount of assets employed in the business have increased, it could suggest the company is investing in growth, and the extra capital has led to a short-term reduction in ROCE. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.

The Key Takeaway

Even though returns on capital have fallen in the short term, we find it promising that revenue and capital employed have both increased for Vontier. These growth trends haven't led to growth returns though, since the stock has fallen 15% over the last year. So we think it'd be worthwhile to look further into this stock given the trends look encouraging.

On a final note, we've found 1 warning sign for Vontier that we think you should be aware of.

While Vontier 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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