Slowing Rates Of Return At PIERER Mobility (VIE:PMAG) Leave Little Room For Excitement

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 13, 2022
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If you're not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding 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. That's why when we briefly looked at PIERER Mobility's (VIE:PMAG) ROCE trend, we were pretty happy with what we saw.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

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 PIERER Mobility is:

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

0.14 = €192m ÷ (€2.0b - €619m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Therefore, PIERER Mobility has an ROCE of 14%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Auto industry average of 9.9% it's much better.

Check out our latest analysis for PIERER Mobility

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WBAG:PMAG Return on Capital Employed May 13th 2022

In the above chart we have measured PIERER Mobility's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering PIERER Mobility here for free.

The Trend Of ROCE

While the returns on capital are good, they haven't moved much. The company has consistently earned 14% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 43% in that time. 14% is a pretty standard return, and it provides some comfort knowing that PIERER Mobility has consistently earned this amount. Over long periods of time, returns like these might not be too exciting, but with consistency they can pay off in terms of share price returns.

Our Take On PIERER Mobility's ROCE

The main thing to remember is that PIERER Mobility has proven its ability to continually reinvest at respectable rates of return. Therefore it's no surprise that shareholders have earned a respectable 54% return if they held over the last five years. So while investors seem to be recognizing these promising trends, we still believe the stock deserves further research.

On a final note, we found 2 warning signs for PIERER Mobility (1 shouldn't be ignored) you should be aware of.

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