Eros International Media Limited (NSE:EROSMEDIA) Earns A Nice Return On Capital Employed

Today we’ll evaluate Eros International Media Limited (NSE:EROSMEDIA) to determine whether it could have potential as an investment idea. To be precise, we’ll consider its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), as that will inform our view of the quality of the business.

First up, we’ll look at what ROCE is and how we calculate it. Second, we’ll look at its ROCE compared to similar companies. Finally, we’ll look at how its current liabilities affect its ROCE.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. Generally speaking a higher ROCE is better. Overall, it is a valuable metric that has its flaws. Renowned investment researcher Michael Mauboussin has suggested that a high ROCE can indicate that ‘one dollar invested in the company generates value of more than one dollar’.

How Do You Calculate Return On Capital Employed?

Analysts use this formula to calculate return on capital employed:

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

Or for Eros International Media:

0.12 = ₹3.3b ÷ (₹41b – ₹12b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2018.)

Therefore, Eros International Media has an ROCE of 12%.

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Is Eros International Media’s ROCE Good?

One way to assess ROCE is to compare similar companies. Using our data, we find that Eros International Media’s ROCE is meaningfully better than the 5.1% average in the Entertainment industry. I think that’s good to see, since it implies the company is better than other companies at making the most of its capital. Aside from the industry comparison, Eros International Media’s ROCE is mediocre in absolute terms, considering the risk of investing in stocks versus the safety of a bank account. Investors may wish to consider higher-performing investments.

As we can see, Eros International Media currently has an ROCE of 12%, less than the 19% it reported 3 years ago. This makes us wonder if the business is facing new challenges.

NSEI:EROSMEDIA Past Revenue and Net Income, March 8th 2019
NSEI:EROSMEDIA Past Revenue and Net Income, March 8th 2019

When considering ROCE, bear in mind that it reflects the past and does not necessarily predict the future. Companies in cyclical industries can be difficult to understand using ROCE, as returns typically look high during boom times, and low during busts. This is because ROCE only looks at one year, instead of considering returns across a whole cycle. Since the future is so important for investors, you should check out our free report on analyst forecasts for Eros International Media.

Do Eros International Media’s Current Liabilities Skew Its ROCE?

Short term (or current) liabilities, are things like supplier invoices, overdrafts, or tax bills that need to be paid within 12 months. Due to the way the ROCE equation works, having large bills due in the near term can make it look as though a company has less capital employed, and thus a higher ROCE than usual. To check the impact of this, we calculate if a company has high current liabilities relative to its total assets.

Eros International Media has total assets of ₹41b and current liabilities of ₹12b. Therefore its current liabilities are equivalent to approximately 30% of its total assets. This is a modest level of current liabilities, which would only have a small effect on ROCE.

The Bottom Line On Eros International Media’s ROCE

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