Vishay Intertechnology's (NYSE:VSH) Returns On Capital Are Heading Higher

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 12, 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. 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 Vishay Intertechnology (NYSE:VSH) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.

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. The formula for this calculation on Vishay Intertechnology is:

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

0.17 = US$504m ÷ (US$3.6b - US$676m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to April 2022).

Therefore, Vishay Intertechnology 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.

See our latest analysis for Vishay Intertechnology

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NYSE:VSH Return on Capital Employed May 12th 2022

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

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

Vishay Intertechnology's ROCE growth is quite impressive. More specifically, while the company has kept capital employed relatively flat over the last five years, the ROCE has climbed 111% in that same time. So it's likely that the business is now reaping the full benefits of its past investments, since the capital employed hasn't changed considerably. 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.

The Bottom Line

As discussed above, Vishay Intertechnology appears to be getting more proficient at generating returns since capital employed has remained flat but earnings (before interest and tax) are up. Since the stock has only returned 30% to shareholders over the last five years, the promising fundamentals may not be recognized yet by investors. So with that in mind, we think the stock deserves further research.

One more thing, we've spotted 1 warning sign facing Vishay Intertechnology that you might find interesting.

While Vishay Intertechnology 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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