Tamar Petroleum (TLV:TMRP) Might Be Having Difficulty Using Its Capital Effectively

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 15, 2022
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If we want to find a potential multi-bagger, often there are underlying trends that can provide clues. In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. However, after investigating Tamar Petroleum (TLV:TMRP), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

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

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. To calculate this metric for Tamar Petroleum, this is the formula:

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

0.093 = US$108m ÷ (US$1.2b - US$80m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

So, Tamar Petroleum has an ROCE of 9.3%. Even though it's in line with the industry average of 9.1%, it's still a low return by itself.

See our latest analysis for Tamar Petroleum

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TASE:TMRP Return on Capital Employed March 15th 2022

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

How Are Returns Trending?

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Tamar Petroleum, we didn't gain much confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 26% over the last five years. However it looks like Tamar Petroleum might be reinvesting for long term growth because while capital employed has increased, the company's sales haven't changed much in the last 12 months. 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.

In Conclusion...

In summary, Tamar Petroleum is reinvesting funds back into the business for growth but unfortunately it looks like sales haven't increased much just yet. And in the last three years, the stock has given away 32% so the market doesn't look too hopeful on these trends strengthening any time soon. All in all, the inherent trends aren't typical of multi-baggers, so if that's what you're after, we think you might have more luck elsewhere.

Since virtually every company faces some risks, it's worth knowing what they are, and we've spotted 4 warning signs for Tamar Petroleum (of which 2 can't be ignored!) that you should know about.

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