How Do Andrew Peller Limited’s (TSE:ADW.A) Returns On Capital Compare To Peers?

Today we are going to look at Andrew Peller Limited (TSE:ADW.A) to see whether it might be an attractive investment prospect. Specifically, we’ll consider its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), since that will give us an insight into how efficiently the business can generate profits from the capital it requires.

First of all, we’ll work out how to calculate ROCE. Then we’ll compare its ROCE to similar companies. Last but not least, we’ll look at what impact its current liabilities have on its ROCE.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

ROCE measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. Generally speaking a higher ROCE is better. Ultimately, it is a useful but imperfect metric. Author Edwin Whiting says to be careful when comparing the ROCE of different businesses, since ‘No two businesses are exactly alike.’

How Do You Calculate Return On Capital Employed?

The formula for calculating the return on capital employed is:

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

Or for Andrew Peller:

0.14 = CA$46m ÷ (CA$467m – CA$95m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2018.)

So, Andrew Peller has an ROCE of 14%.

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Is Andrew Peller’s ROCE Good?

When making comparisons between similar businesses, investors may find ROCE useful. In our analysis, Andrew Peller’s ROCE is meaningfully higher than the 4.8% average in the Beverage industry. I think that’s good to see, since it implies the company is better than other companies at making the most of its capital. Regardless of where Andrew Peller sits next to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms appears satisfactory, and this company could be worth a closer look.

TSX:ADW.A Last Perf January 17th 19
TSX:ADW.A Last Perf January 17th 19

When considering ROCE, bear in mind that it reflects the past and does not necessarily predict the future. ROCE can be misleading for companies in cyclical industries, with returns looking impressive during the boom times, but very weak during the busts. ROCE is, after all, simply a snap shot of a single year. Since the future is so important for investors, you should check out our free report on analyst forecasts for Andrew Peller.

What Are Current Liabilities, And How Do They Affect Andrew Peller’s ROCE?

Current liabilities are short term bills and invoices that need to be paid in 12 months or less. The ROCE equation subtracts current liabilities from capital employed, so a company with a lot of current liabilities appears to have less capital employed, and a higher ROCE than otherwise. To check the impact of this, we calculate if a company has high current liabilities relative to its total assets.

Andrew Peller has total assets of CA$467m and current liabilities of CA$95m. Therefore its current liabilities are equivalent to approximately 20% of its total assets. Low current liabilities are not boosting the ROCE too much.

The Bottom Line On Andrew Peller’s ROCE

This is good to see, and with a sound ROCE, Andrew Peller could be worth a closer look. But note: Andrew Peller may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with strong recent earnings growth (and a P/E ratio below 20).

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.