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What We Make Of Driver Group's (LON:DRV) Returns On Capital

Simply Wall St
·3 mins read

If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Driver Group's (LON:DRV) returns on capital, so let's have a look.

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. The formula for this calculation on Driver Group is:

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

0.15 = UK£3.3m ÷ (UK£31m - UK£10m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2020).

So, Driver Group has an ROCE of 15%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty normal return, and it's somewhat close to the Construction industry average of 14%.

View our latest analysis for Driver Group

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While the past is not representative of the future, it can be helpful to know how a company has performed historically, which is why we have this chart above. If you want to delve into the historical earnings, revenue and cash flow of Driver Group, check out these free graphs here.

What Can We Tell From Driver Group's ROCE Trend?

We like the trends that we're seeing from Driver Group. Over the last five years, returns on capital employed have risen substantially to 15%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 40%. The increasing returns on a growing amount of capital is common amongst multi-baggers and that's why we're impressed.

In Conclusion...

To sum it up, Driver Group has proven it can reinvest in the business and generate higher returns on that capital employed, which is terrific. Given the stock has declined 17% in the last five years, this could be a good investment if the valuation and other metrics are also appealing. With that in mind, we believe the promising trends warrant this stock for further investigation.

On a separate note, we've found 1 warning sign for Driver Group you'll probably want to know about.

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This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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