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Returns On Capital At PlanetMedia (EPA:ALPLA) Paint A Concerning Picture

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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? 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. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. However, after investigating PlanetMedia (EPA:ALPLA), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

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 PlanetMedia, this is the formula:

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

0.065 = €668k ÷ (€15m - €4.2m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).

Thus, PlanetMedia has an ROCE of 6.5%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Interactive Media and Services industry average of 10%.

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ENXTPA:ALPLA Return on Capital Employed July 1st 2021

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for PlanetMedia's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you'd like to look at how PlanetMedia has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Does the ROCE Trend For PlanetMedia Tell Us?

In terms of PlanetMedia's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 29% over the last five years. Given the business is employing more capital while revenue has slipped, this is a bit concerning. If this were to continue, you might be looking at a company that is trying to reinvest for growth but is actually losing market share since sales haven't increased.

In Conclusion...

In summary, we're somewhat concerned by PlanetMedia's diminishing returns on increasing amounts of capital. Unsurprisingly then, the stock has dived 74% over the last five years, so investors are recognizing these changes and don't like the company's prospects. With underlying trends that aren't great in these areas, we'd consider looking elsewhere.

Since virtually every company faces some risks, it's worth knowing what they are, and we've spotted 4 warning signs for PlanetMedia (of which 3 shouldn't be ignored!) that you should know about.

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