Investors Could Be Concerned With Cooper Companies' (NASDAQ:COO) Returns On Capital

Cooper Companies, Inc. -1.05%

Cooper Companies, Inc.

COO

96.75

-1.05%

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. Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's amount of capital employed. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. Having said that, from a first glance at Cooper Companies (NASDAQ:COO) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What Is It?

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Cooper Companies:

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

0.048 = US$511m ÷ (US$12b - US$994m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to July 2023).

Therefore, Cooper Companies has an ROCE of 4.8%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Medical Equipment industry average of 9.7%.

View our latest analysis for Cooper Companies

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NasdaqGS:COO Return on Capital Employed October 30th 2023

In the above chart we have measured Cooper Companies' 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 Cooper Companies.

The Trend Of ROCE

In terms of Cooper Companies' historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 9.0%, but since then they've fallen to 4.8%. However it looks like Cooper Companies might be reinvesting for long term growth because while capital employed has increased, the company's sales haven't changed much in the last 12 months. It may take some time before the company starts to see any change in earnings from these investments.

The Key Takeaway

Bringing it all together, while we're somewhat encouraged by Cooper Companies' reinvestment in its own business, we're aware that returns are shrinking. And with the stock having returned a mere 19% in the last five years to shareholders, you could argue that they're aware of these lackluster trends. As a result, if you're hunting for a multi-bagger, we think you'd have more luck elsewhere.

On a final note, we've found 1 warning sign for Cooper Companies that we think you should be aware of.

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