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Evoqua Water Technologies (NYSE:AQUA) Has Some Way To Go To Become A Multi-Bagger

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If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base 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. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think Evoqua Water Technologies (NYSE:AQUA) 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?

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. The formula for this calculation on Evoqua Water Technologies is:

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

0.069 = US$117m ÷ (US$2.1b - US$431m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).

So, Evoqua Water Technologies has an ROCE of 6.9%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Machinery industry average of 9.9%.

See our latest analysis for Evoqua Water Technologies

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In the above chart we have measured Evoqua Water Technologies' 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 Evoqua Water Technologies.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Evoqua Water Technologies Tell Us?

There are better returns on capital out there than what we're seeing at Evoqua Water Technologies. The company has consistently earned 6.9% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 59% 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.

What We Can Learn From Evoqua Water Technologies' ROCE

In summary, Evoqua Water Technologies has simply been reinvesting capital and generating the same low rate of return as before. Yet to long term shareholders the stock has gifted them an incredible 186% return in the last three years, so the market appears to be rosy about its future. But if the trajectory of these underlying trends continue, we think the likelihood of it being a multi-bagger from here isn't high.

Since virtually every company faces some risks, it's worth knowing what they are, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for Evoqua Water Technologies (of which 1 is potentially serious!) that you should know about.

For those who like to invest in solid companies, check out this free list of companies with solid balance sheets and high returns on equity.

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