The Returns On Capital At PPAP Automotive (NSE:PPAP) Don't Inspire Confidence

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 13, 2022
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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? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing 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 PPAP Automotive (NSE:PPAP), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

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. The formula for this calculation on PPAP Automotive is:

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

0.041 = ₹146m ÷ (₹4.6b - ₹1.0b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Thus, PPAP Automotive has an ROCE of 4.1%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Auto Components industry average of 13%.

Check out our latest analysis for PPAP Automotive

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NSEI:PPAP Return on Capital Employed May 13th 2022

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'd like to look at how PPAP Automotive has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

How Are Returns Trending?

In terms of PPAP Automotive's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 4.1% from 14% five years ago. Although, given both revenue and the amount of assets employed in the business have increased, it could suggest the company is investing in growth, and the extra capital has led to a short-term reduction in ROCE. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.

What We Can Learn From PPAP Automotive's ROCE

Even though returns on capital have fallen in the short term, we find it promising that revenue and capital employed have both increased for PPAP Automotive. These growth trends haven't led to growth returns though, since the stock has fallen 41% over the last five years. So we think it'd be worthwhile to look further into this stock given the trends look encouraging.

On a final note, we found 4 warning signs for PPAP Automotive (1 is potentially serious) you should be aware of.

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