There Are Reasons To Feel Uneasy About Sun TV Network's (NSE:SUNTV) Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 29, 2022
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If you're not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. So when we looked at Sun TV Network (NSE:SUNTV), they do have a high ROCE, but we weren't exactly elated from how returns are trending.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

For those who don't know, ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. The formula for this calculation on Sun TV Network is:

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

0.26 = ₹20b ÷ (₹85b - ₹7.3b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Thus, Sun TV Network has an ROCE of 26%. That's a fantastic return and not only that, it outpaces the average of 11% earned by companies in a similar industry.

Check out our latest analysis for Sun TV Network

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NSEI:SUNTV Return on Capital Employed April 29th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Sun TV Network's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Sun TV Network, we didn't gain much confidence. Historically returns on capital were even higher at 35%, but they have dropped over the last five years. 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.

The Bottom Line On Sun TV Network's ROCE

While returns have fallen for Sun TV Network in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. And there could be an opportunity here if other metrics look good too, because the stock has declined 37% in the last five years. So we think it'd be worthwhile to look further into this stock given the trends look encouraging.

If you want to continue researching Sun TV Network, you might be interested to know about the 1 warning sign that our analysis has discovered.

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