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Does Calida Holding AG (VTX:CALN) Create Value For Shareholders?

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Today we'll look at Calida Holding AG ( VTX:CALN ) and reflect on its potential as an investment. Specifically, we're going to calculate its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), in the hopes of getting some insight into the business.

First of all, we'll work out how to calculate ROCE. Then we'll compare its ROCE to similar companies. Finally, we'll look at how its current liabilities affect its ROCE.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. All else being equal, a better business will have a higher ROCE. Overall, it is a valuable metric that has its flaws. Renowned investment researcher Michael Mauboussin has suggested that a high ROCE can indicate that 'one dollar invested in the company generates value of more than one dollar'.

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 Calida Holding:

0.11 = CHF22m ÷ (CHF317m - CHF115m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2018.)

Therefore, Calida Holding has an ROCE of 11%.

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Is Calida Holding's ROCE Good?

ROCE can be useful when making comparisons, such as between similar companies. Using our data, Calida Holding's ROCE appears to be around the 11% average of the Luxury industry. Separate from how Calida Holding stacks up against its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms is mediocre; relative to the returns on government bonds. It is possible that there are more rewarding investments out there.

SWX:CALN Past Revenue and Net Income, May 18th 2019

When considering ROCE, bear in mind that it reflects the past and does not necessarily predict the future. Companies in cyclical industries can be difficult to understand using ROCE, as returns typically look high during boom times, and low during busts. ROCE is only a point-in-time measure. Future performance is what matters, and you can see analyst predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company .

Do Calida Holding's Current Liabilities Skew 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 counter this, investors can check if a company has high current liabilities relative to total assets.

Calida Holding has total liabilities of CHF115m and total assets of CHF317m. Therefore its current liabilities are equivalent to approximately 36% of its total assets. Calida Holding's middling level of current liabilities have the effect of boosting its ROCE a bit.

The Bottom Line On Calida Holding's ROCE

Despite this, its ROCE is still mediocre, and you may find more appealing investments elsewhere. Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking at a few good candidates. So take a peek at this free list of companies with modest (or no) debt, trading on a P/E below 20.

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