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We Like These Underlying Trends At Pental (ASX:PTL)

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To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing amount of capital employed. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. So when we looked at Pental (ASX:PTL) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

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. To calculate this metric for Pental, this is the formula:

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

0.12 = AU$7.4m ÷ (AU$82m - AU$23m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).

Thus, Pental has an ROCE of 12%. That's a relatively normal return on capital, and it's around the 15% generated by the Household Products industry.

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ASX:PTL Return on Capital Employed February 10th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Pental compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Pental.

The Trend Of ROCE

Pental has not disappointed in regards to ROCE growth. The data shows that returns on capital have increased by 22% over the trailing five years. That's not bad because this tells for every dollar invested (capital employed), the company is increasing the amount earned from that dollar. In regards to capital employed, Pental appears to been achieving more with less, since the business is using 27% less capital to run its operation. Pental may be selling some assets so it's worth investigating if the business has plans for future investments to increase returns further still.

On a side note, we noticed that the improvement in ROCE appears to be partly fueled by an increase in current liabilities. Essentially the business now has suppliers or short-term creditors funding about 28% of its operations, which isn't ideal. Keep an eye out for future increases because when the ratio of current liabilities to total assets gets particularly high, this can introduce some new risks for the business.

In Conclusion...

In summary, it's great to see that Pental has been able to turn things around and earn higher returns on lower amounts of capital. Given the stock has declined 12% in the last five years, this could be a good investment if the valuation and other metrics are also appealing. With that in mind, we believe the promising trends warrant this stock for further investigation.

On a separate note, we've found 2 warning signs for Pental you'll probably want to know about.

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