Hemisphere Media Group (NASDAQ:HMTV) Will Be Looking To Turn Around Its Returns

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 17, 2022
NasdaqGM:HMTV
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To avoid investing in a business that's in decline, there's a few financial metrics that can provide early indications of aging. A business that's potentially in decline often shows two trends, a return on capital employed (ROCE) that's declining, and a base of capital employed that's also declining. This combination can tell you that not only is the company investing less, it's earning less on what it does invest. And from a first read, things don't look too good at Hemisphere Media Group (NASDAQ:HMTV), so let's see why.

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Hemisphere Media Group:

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

0.015 = US$7.8m ÷ (US$604m - US$73m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Therefore, Hemisphere Media Group has an ROCE of 1.5%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Media industry average of 7.4%.

See our latest analysis for Hemisphere Media Group

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NasdaqGM:HMTV Return on Capital Employed March 17th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Hemisphere Media Group'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.

How Are Returns Trending?

We are a bit worried about the trend of returns on capital at Hemisphere Media Group. Unfortunately the returns on capital have diminished from the 8.1% that they were earning five years ago. 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 Hemisphere Media Group to turn into a multi-bagger.

The Bottom Line On Hemisphere Media Group's ROCE

All in all, the lower returns from the same amount of capital employed aren't exactly signs of a compounding machine. It should come as no surprise then that the stock has fallen 51% over the last five years, so it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. With underlying trends that aren't great in these areas, we'd consider looking elsewhere.

If you'd like to know more about Hemisphere Media Group, we've spotted 3 warning signs, and 2 of them make us uncomfortable.

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