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Are Manali Petrochemicals Limited’s (NSE:MANALIPETC) Returns On Investment Worth Your While?

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Today we'll evaluate Manali Petrochemicals Limited (NSE:MANALIPETC) to determine whether it could have potential as an investment idea. In particular, we'll consider its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), as that can give us insight into how profitably the company is able to employ capital in its business.

First, we'll go over how we calculate ROCE. Second, we'll look at its ROCE compared to similar companies. Last but not least, we'll look at what impact its current liabilities have on its ROCE.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

ROCE measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. Generally speaking a higher ROCE is better. In brief, it is a useful tool, but it is not without drawbacks. Author Edwin Whiting says to be careful when comparing the ROCE of different businesses, since 'No two businesses are exactly alike.

So, How Do We Calculate ROCE?

The formula for calculating the return on capital employed is:

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

Or for Manali Petrochemicals:

0.17 = ₹815m ÷ (₹6.5b - ₹1.7b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2019.)

Therefore, Manali Petrochemicals has an ROCE of 17%.

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Does Manali Petrochemicals Have A Good ROCE?

When making comparisons between similar businesses, investors may find ROCE useful. Using our data, Manali Petrochemicals's ROCE appears to be around the 17% average of the Chemicals industry. Separate from Manali Petrochemicals's performance relative to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms looks satisfactory, and it may be worth researching in more depth.

You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Manali Petrochemicals's past growth compares to other companies.

NSEI:MANALIPETC Past Revenue and Net Income, October 14th 2019

When considering this metric, keep in mind that it is backwards looking, and not necessarily predictive. Companies in cyclical industries can be difficult to understand using ROCE, as returns typically look high during boom times, and low during busts. This is because ROCE only looks at one year, instead of considering returns across a whole cycle. You can check if Manali Petrochemicals has cyclical profits by looking at this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

How Manali Petrochemicals's Current Liabilities Impact Its ROCE

Current liabilities include invoices, such as supplier payments, short-term debt, or a tax bill, that need to be paid within 12 months. The ROCE equation subtracts current liabilities from capital employed, so a company with a lot of current liabilities appears to have less capital employed, and a higher ROCE than otherwise. To counter this, investors can check if a company has high current liabilities relative to total assets.

Manali Petrochemicals has total liabilities of ₹1.7b and total assets of ₹6.5b. As a result, its current liabilities are equal to approximately 26% of its total assets. Low current liabilities are not boosting the ROCE too much.

The Bottom Line On Manali Petrochemicals's ROCE

This is good to see, and with a sound ROCE, Manali Petrochemicals could be worth a closer look. Manali Petrochemicals looks strong on this analysis, but there are plenty of other companies that could be a good opportunity . Here is a free list of companies growing earnings rapidly.

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