Be Wary Of Dimed Distribuidora de Medicamentos (BVMF:PNVL3) And Its Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 15, 2022
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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. Having said that, from a first glance at Dimed Distribuidora de Medicamentos (BVMF:PNVL3) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

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 Dimed Distribuidora de Medicamentos, this is the formula:

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

0.066 = R$103m ÷ (R$2.4b - R$815m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

So, Dimed Distribuidora de Medicamentos has an ROCE of 6.6%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Consumer Retailing industry average of 9.8%.

Check out our latest analysis for Dimed Distribuidora de Medicamentos

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BOVESPA:PNVL3 Return on Capital Employed April 15th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Dimed Distribuidora de Medicamentos compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

In terms of Dimed Distribuidora de Medicamentos' historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 13% over the last five years. 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.

On a related note, Dimed Distribuidora de Medicamentos has decreased its current liabilities to 34% of total assets. That could partly explain why the ROCE has dropped. Effectively this means their suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of the business, which reduces some elements of risk. Some would claim this reduces the business' efficiency at generating ROCE since it is now funding more of the operations with its own money.

The Key Takeaway

In summary, despite lower returns in the short term, we're encouraged to see that Dimed Distribuidora de Medicamentos is reinvesting for growth and has higher sales as a result. However, despite the promising trends, the stock has fallen 35% over the last five years, so there might be an opportunity here for astute investors. As a result, we'd recommend researching this stock further to uncover what other fundamentals of the business can show us.

On a separate note, we've found 1 warning sign for Dimed Distribuidora de Medicamentos you'll probably want to know about.

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