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What Can We Make Of Tivoli A/S’s (CPH:TIV) High Return On Capital?

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Today we'll look at Tivoli A/S (CPH:TIV) and reflect on its potential as an investment. Specifically, we'll consider its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), since that will give us an insight into how efficiently the business can generate profits from the capital it requires.

First up, we'll look at what ROCE is and how we calculate it. Then we'll compare its ROCE to similar companies. And finally, we'll look at how its current liabilities are impacting its ROCE.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

ROCE measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. Generally speaking a higher ROCE is better. Ultimately, it is a useful but imperfect metric. Author Edwin Whiting says to be careful when comparing the ROCE of different businesses, since 'No two businesses are exactly alike.

How Do You Calculate Return On Capital Employed?

Analysts use this formula to calculate return on capital employed:

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

Or for Tivoli:

0.09 = ø125m ÷ (ø1.7b - ø360m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2019.)

Therefore, Tivoli has an ROCE of 9.0%.

Check out our latest analysis for Tivoli

Does Tivoli Have A Good ROCE?

One way to assess ROCE is to compare similar companies. In our analysis, Tivoli's ROCE is meaningfully higher than the 7.3% average in the Hospitality industry. We consider this a positive sign, because it suggests it uses capital more efficiently than similar companies. Regardless of where Tivoli sits next to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms appears satisfactory, and this company could be worth a closer look.

You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Tivoli's past growth compares to other companies.

CPSE:TIV Past Revenue and Net Income, January 15th 2020

When considering ROCE, bear in mind that it reflects the past and does not necessarily predict the future. ROCE can be deceptive for cyclical businesses, as returns can look incredible in boom times, and terribly low in downturns. ROCE is only a point-in-time measure. How cyclical is Tivoli? You can see for yourself by looking at this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

How Tivoli's Current Liabilities Impact Its ROCE

Current liabilities are short term bills and invoices that need to be paid in 12 months or less. Due to the way the ROCE equation works, having large bills due in the near term can make it look as though a company has less capital employed, and thus a higher ROCE than usual. To counteract this, we check if a company has high current liabilities, relative to its total assets.

Tivoli has total liabilities of ø360m and total assets of ø1.7b. As a result, its current liabilities are equal to approximately 21% of its total assets. Current liabilities are minimal, limiting the impact on ROCE.

Our Take On Tivoli's ROCE

This is good to see, and with a sound ROCE, Tivoli could be worth a closer look. Tivoli looks strong on this analysis, but there are plenty of other companies that could be a good opportunity . Here is a free list of companies growing earnings rapidly.

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