Returns On Capital Signal Tricky Times Ahead For Dish TV India (NSE:DISHTV)

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 12, 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'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. However, after investigating Dish TV India (NSE:DISHTV), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

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 Dish TV India, this is the formula:

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

0.14 = ₹3.9b ÷ (₹90b - ₹61b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

So, Dish TV India has an ROCE of 14%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 11% generated by the Media industry.

See our latest analysis for Dish TV India

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NSEI:DISHTV Return on Capital Employed May 12th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Dish TV India compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Dish TV India.

What Can We Tell From Dish TV India's ROCE Trend?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at Dish TV India doesn't inspire confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 14% from 29% 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.

Another thing to note, Dish TV India has a high ratio of current liabilities to total assets of 68%. This effectively means that suppliers (or short-term creditors) are funding a large portion of the business, so just be aware that this can introduce some elements of risk. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.

The Key Takeaway

We're a bit apprehensive about Dish TV India because despite more capital being deployed in the business, returns on that capital and sales have both fallen. We expect this has contributed to the stock plummeting 86% during the last five years. With underlying trends that aren't great in these areas, we'd consider looking elsewhere.

On a final note, we've found 1 warning sign for Dish TV India that we think you should be aware of.

While Dish TV India isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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