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. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think National Vision Holdings (NASDAQ:EYE) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.
Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What Is It?
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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for National Vision Holdings:
0.062 = US$120m ÷ (US$2.3b - US$354m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to July 2022).
So, National Vision Holdings has an ROCE of 6.2%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Specialty Retail industry average of 17%.
View our latest analysis for National Vision HoldingsNasdaqGS:EYE Return on Capital Employed September 12th 2022
Above you can see how the current ROCE for National Vision Holdings compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
How Are Returns Trending?
The returns on capital haven't changed much for National Vision Holdings in recent years. The company has consistently earned 6.2% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 41% in that time. Given the company has increased the amount of capital employed, it appears the investments that have been made simply don't provide a high return on capital.
The Key Takeaway
As we've seen above, National Vision Holdings' returns on capital haven't increased but it is reinvesting in the business. And with the stock having returned a mere 20% in the last three years to shareholders, you could argue that they're aware of these lackluster trends. Therefore, if you're looking for a multi-bagger, we'd propose looking at other options.
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