There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next 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. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. So, when we ran our eye over Diebold Nixdorf's (NYSE:DBD) trend of ROCE, we liked what we saw.
What is 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 Diebold Nixdorf:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.10 = US$191m ÷ (US$3.5b - US$1.6b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).
Therefore, Diebold Nixdorf has an ROCE of 10%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Tech industry average of 6.1% it's much better.
In the above chart we have measured Diebold Nixdorf's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Diebold Nixdorf.
The Trend Of ROCE
While the returns on capital are good, they haven't moved much. Over the past five years, ROCE has remained relatively flat at around 10% and the business has deployed 44% more capital into its operations. Since 10% is a moderate ROCE though, it's good to see a business can continue to reinvest at these decent rates of return. Over long periods of time, returns like these might not be too exciting, but with consistency they can pay off in terms of share price returns.
Another thing to note, Diebold Nixdorf has a high ratio of current liabilities to total assets of 46%. This can bring about some risks because the company is basically operating with a rather large reliance on its suppliers or other sorts of short-term creditors. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.
Our Take On Diebold Nixdorf's ROCE
The main thing to remember is that Diebold Nixdorf has proven its ability to continually reinvest at respectable rates of return. However, despite the favorable fundamentals, the stock has fallen 48% over the last five years, so there might be an opportunity here for astute investors. For that reason, savvy investors might want to look further into this company in case it's a prime investment.
On a final note, we've found 1 warning sign for Diebold Nixdorf that we think you should be aware of.
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