Some Investors May Be Worried About Aroma AD's (BUL:AROM) Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 14, 2022
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What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. In light of that, when we looked at Aroma AD (BUL:AROM) and its ROCE trend, we weren't exactly thrilled.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. To calculate this metric for Aroma AD, this is the formula:

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

0.039 = лв1.4m ÷ (лв42m - лв6.0m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

Therefore, Aroma AD has an ROCE of 3.9%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Personal Products industry average of 9.4%.

Check out our latest analysis for Aroma AD

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BUL:AROM Return on Capital Employed March 14th 2022

While the past is not representative of the future, it can be helpful to know how a company has performed historically, which is why we have this chart above. If you're interested in investigating Aroma AD's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Aroma AD Tell Us?

In terms of Aroma AD's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 5.3% over the last five years. Meanwhile, the business is utilizing more capital but this hasn't moved the needle much in terms of sales in the past 12 months, so this could reflect longer term investments. It's worth keeping an eye on the company's earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.

The Key Takeaway

Bringing it all together, while we're somewhat encouraged by Aroma AD's reinvestment in its own business, we're aware that returns are shrinking. And in the last five years, the stock has given away 12% so the market doesn't look too hopeful on these trends strengthening any time soon. All in all, the inherent trends aren't typical of multi-baggers, so if that's what you're after, we think you might have more luck elsewhere.

If you want to know some of the risks facing Aroma AD we've found 4 warning signs (2 don't sit too well with us!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

If you want to search for solid companies with great earnings, check out this free list of companies with good balance sheets and impressive returns on equity.

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