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Returns On Capital Signal Tricky Times Ahead For PlanetMedia (EPA:ALPLA)

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To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. In light of that, when we looked at PlanetMedia (EPA:ALPLA) and its ROCE trend, we weren't exactly thrilled.

What is 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 PlanetMedia, this is the formula:

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

0.024 = €261k ÷ (€14m - €3.5m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

So, PlanetMedia has an ROCE of 2.4%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Interactive Media and Services industry average of 8.4%.

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ENXTPA:ALPLA Return on Capital Employed October 14th 2021

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 PlanetMedia's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Can We Tell From PlanetMedia's ROCE Trend?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at PlanetMedia doesn't inspire confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 2.4% from 22% five years ago. And considering revenue has dropped while employing more capital, we'd be cautious. 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.

What We Can Learn From PlanetMedia's ROCE

In summary, we're somewhat concerned by PlanetMedia's diminishing returns on increasing amounts of capital. Long term shareholders who've owned the stock over the last five years have experienced a 60% depreciation in their investment, so it appears the market might not like these trends either. That being the case, unless the underlying trends revert to a more positive trajectory, we'd consider looking elsewhere.

One final note, you should learn about the 4 warning signs we've spotted with PlanetMedia (including 2 which make us uncomfortable) .

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