Be Wary Of Artprice.com (EPA:PRC) And Its Returns On Capital

By
Simply Wall St
Published
September 14, 2021
ENXTPA:PRC
Source: Shutterstock

Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. Although, when we looked at Artprice.com (EPA:PRC), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

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. The formula for this calculation on Artprice.com is:

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

0.043 = €924k ÷ (€22m - €980k) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

Thus, Artprice.com has an ROCE of 4.3%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Interactive Media and Services industry average of 8.1%.

Check out our latest analysis for Artprice.com

roce
ENXTPA:PRC Return on Capital Employed September 14th 2021

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Artprice.com's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you want to delve into the historical earnings, revenue and cash flow of Artprice.com, check out these free graphs here.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

In terms of Artprice.com's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 6.1%, but since then they've fallen to 4.3%. On the other hand, the company has been employing more capital without a corresponding improvement in sales in the last year, which could suggest these investments are longer term plays. 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.

What We Can Learn From Artprice.com's ROCE

To conclude, we've found that Artprice.com is reinvesting in the business, but returns have been falling. And in the last five years, the stock has given away 51% so the market doesn't look too hopeful on these trends strengthening any time soon. Therefore based on the analysis done in this article, we don't think Artprice.com has the makings of a multi-bagger.

One more thing, we've spotted 1 warning sign facing Artprice.com that you might find interesting.

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.

If you’re looking to trade Artprice.com, open an account with the lowest-cost* platform trusted by professionals, Interactive Brokers. Their clients from over 200 countries and territories trade stocks, options, futures, forex, bonds and funds worldwide from a single integrated account. Promoted


This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.
*Interactive Brokers Rated Lowest Cost Broker by StockBrokers.com Annual Online Review 2020


Have feedback on this article? Concerned about the content? Get in touch with us directly. Alternatively, email editorial-team (at) simplywallst.com.

Discounted cash flow calculation for every stock

Simply Wall St does a detailed discounted cash flow calculation every 6 hours for every stock on the market, so if you want to find the intrinsic value of any company just search here. It’s FREE.


Simply Wall St character - Warren

Simply Wall St

Simply Wall St is a financial technology startup focused on providing unbiased, high-quality research coverage on every listed company in the world. Our research team consists of equity analysts with a public, market-beating track record.