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Returns Are Gaining Momentum At Perion Network (NASDAQ:PERI)

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If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. 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. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. So on that note, Perion Network (NASDAQ:PERI) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Perion Network:

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

0.054 = US$15m ÷ (US$398m - US$118m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

So, Perion Network has an ROCE of 5.4%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Media industry average of 9.7%.

Check out our latest analysis for Perion Network

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In the above chart we have measured Perion Network'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.

So How Is Perion Network's ROCE Trending?

Perion Network has not disappointed with their ROCE growth. The figures show that over the last five years, ROCE has grown 25% whilst employing roughly the same amount of capital. So our take on this is that the business has increased efficiencies to generate these higher returns, all the while not needing to make any additional investments. It's worth looking deeper into this though because while it's great that the business is more efficient, it might also mean that going forward the areas to invest internally for the organic growth are lacking.

What We Can Learn From Perion Network's ROCE

To bring it all together, Perion Network has done well to increase the returns it's generating from its capital employed. Since the stock has returned a staggering 286% to shareholders over the last five years, it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if Perion Network can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.

Perion Network does have some risks though, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Perion Network that you might be interested in.

While Perion Network 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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