Return Trends At PIERER Mobility (VIE:PMAG) Aren't Appealing
Simply Wall St · 09/15 05:27

To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? 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. With that in mind, the ROCE of PIERER Mobility (VIE:PMAG) looks decent, right now, so lets see what the trend of returns can tell us.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What Is It?

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for PIERER Mobility:

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

0.14 = €231m ÷ (€2.7b - €982m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2023).

So, PIERER Mobility has an ROCE of 14%. By itself that's a normal return on capital and it's in line with the industry's average returns of 14%.

Check out our latest analysis for PIERER Mobility

WBAG:PMAG Return on Capital Employed September 15th 2023

In the above chart we have measured PIERER Mobility'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.

The Trend Of ROCE

The trend of ROCE doesn't stand out much, but returns on a whole are decent. Over the past five years, ROCE has remained relatively flat at around 14% and the business has deployed 76% more capital into its operations. Since 14% is a moderate ROCE though, it's good to see a business can continue to reinvest at these decent rates of return. Stable returns in this ballpark can be unexciting, but if they can be maintained over the long run, they often provide nice rewards to shareholders.

Our Take On PIERER Mobility's ROCE

To sum it up, PIERER Mobility has simply been reinvesting capital steadily, at those decent rates of return. And given the stock has only risen 9.6% over the last five years, we'd suspect the market is beginning to recognize these trends. So to determine if PIERER Mobility is a multi-bagger going forward, we'd suggest digging deeper into the company's other fundamentals.

Like most companies, PIERER Mobility does come with some risks, and we've found 3 warning signs that you should be aware of.

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