Picanol (EBR:PIC) Is Reinvesting At Lower Rates Of Return

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 20, 2022
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If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. 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. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think Picanol (EBR:PIC) 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?

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. To calculate this metric for Picanol, this is the formula:

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

0.091 = €212m ÷ (€2.9b - €548m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Thus, Picanol has an ROCE of 9.1%. On its own, that's a low figure but it's around the 10% average generated by the Machinery industry.

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ENXTBR:PIC Return on Capital Employed February 20th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Picanol 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 Picanol.

The Trend Of ROCE

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Picanol, we didn't gain much confidence. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 23%, but since then they've fallen to 9.1%. However, given capital employed and revenue have both increased it appears that the business is currently pursuing growth, at the consequence of short term returns. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.

The Bottom Line

While returns have fallen for Picanol in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. And there could be an opportunity here if other metrics look good too, because the stock has declined 25% in the last five years. As a result, we'd recommend researching this stock further to uncover what other fundamentals of the business can show us.

If you want to continue researching Picanol, you might be interested to know about the 1 warning sign that our analysis has discovered.

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