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Is OMV Petrom (BVB:SNP) Headed For Trouble?

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Ignoring the stock price of a company, what are the underlying trends that tell us a business is past the growth phase? More often than not, we'll see a declining return on capital employed (ROCE) and a declining amount of capital employed. Ultimately this means that the company is earning less per dollar invested and on top of that, it's shrinking its base of capital employed. In light of that, from a first glance at OMV Petrom (BVB:SNP), we've spotted some signs that it could be struggling, so let's investigate.

What is 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. To calculate this metric for OMV Petrom, this is the formula:

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

0.044 = RON1.9b ÷ (RON48b - RON5.7b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

Thus, OMV Petrom has an ROCE of 4.4%. Even though it's in line with the industry average of 4.4%, it's still a low return by itself.

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BVB:SNP Return on Capital Employed February 28th 2021

In the above chart we have measured OMV Petrom'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 Does the ROCE Trend For OMV Petrom Tell Us?

There is reason to be cautious about OMV Petrom, given the returns are trending downwards. About five years ago, returns on capital were 8.8%, however they're now substantially lower than that as we saw above. Meanwhile, capital employed in the business has stayed roughly the flat over the period. Companies that exhibit these attributes tend to not be shrinking, but they can be mature and facing pressure on their margins from competition. If these trends continue, we wouldn't expect OMV Petrom to turn into a multi-bagger.

The Bottom Line On OMV Petrom's ROCE

All in all, the lower returns from the same amount of capital employed aren't exactly signs of a compounding machine. The market must be rosy on the stock's future because even though the underlying trends aren't too encouraging, the stock has soared 102%. In any case, the current underlying trends don't bode well for long term performance so unless they reverse, we'd start looking elsewhere.

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