TradeDoubler's (STO:TRAD) Returns On Capital Are Heading Higher

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Simply Wall St
Published
July 25, 2021
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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. So when we looked at TradeDoubler (STO:TRAD) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for TradeDoubler:

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

0.058 = kr22m ÷ (kr831m - kr453m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

Thus, TradeDoubler has an ROCE of 5.8%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Media industry average of 10%.

Check out our latest analysis for TradeDoubler

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OM:TRAD Return on Capital Employed July 25th 2021

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're interested in investigating TradeDoubler's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

The Trend Of ROCE

It's great to see that TradeDoubler has started to generate some pre-tax earnings from prior investments. The company was generating losses five years ago, but now it's turned around, earning 5.8% which is no doubt a relief for some early shareholders. Additionally, the business is utilizing 21% less capital than it was five years ago, and taken at face value, that can mean the company needs less funds at work to get a return. TradeDoubler could be selling under-performing assets since the ROCE is improving.

Another thing to note, TradeDoubler has a high ratio of current liabilities to total assets of 55%. This can bring about some risks because the company is basically operating with a rather large reliance on its suppliers or other sorts of short-term creditors. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.

The Bottom Line

In the end, TradeDoubler has proven it's capital allocation skills are good with those higher returns from less amount of capital. And since the stock has fallen 25% over the last five years, there might be an opportunity here. That being the case, research into the company's current valuation metrics and future prospects seems fitting.

One more thing, we've spotted 3 warning signs facing TradeDoubler that you might find interesting.

While TradeDoubler 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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