Visa (NYSE:V) Is Investing Its Capital With Increasing Efficiency

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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. Typically, we’ll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base of capital employed. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Visa’s (NYSE:V) 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 Visa is:

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

0.31 = US$20b ÷ (US$86b – US$21b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).

Therefore, Visa has an ROCE of 31%. That’s a fantastic return and not only that, it outpaces the average of 12% earned by companies in a similar industry.

See our latest analysis for Visa

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Above you can see how the current ROCE for Visa compares to its prior returns on capital, but there’s only so much you can tell from the past. If you’d like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Visa here for free.

The Trend Of ROCE

Visa has not disappointed with their ROCE growth. More specifically, while the company has kept capital employed relatively flat over the last five years, the ROCE has climbed 43% in that same time. So our take on this is that the business has increased efficiencies to generate these higher returns, all the while not needing to make any additional investments. The company is doing well in that sense, and it’s worth investigating what the management team has planned for long term growth prospects.

Our Take On Visa’s ROCE

As discussed above, Visa appears to be getting more proficient at generating returns since capital employed has remained flat but earnings (before interest and tax) are up. And with a respectable 86% awarded to those who held the stock over the last five years, you could argue that these developments are starting to get the attention they deserve. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.

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

If you’d like to see other companies earning high returns, check out our free list of companies earning high returns with solid balance sheets here.

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