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Here’s What Boot Barn Holdings, Inc.’s (NYSE:BOOT) Return On Capital Can Tell Us

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Today we'll look at Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:BOOT) and reflect on its potential as an investment. Specifically, we'll consider its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), since that will give us an insight into how efficiently the business can generate profits from the capital it requires.

First up, we'll look at what ROCE is and how we calculate it. Next, we'll compare it to others in its industry. Then we'll determine how its current liabilities are affecting 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. In general, businesses with a higher ROCE are usually better quality. Overall, it is a valuable metric that has its flaws. Renowned investment researcher Michael Mauboussin has suggested that a high ROCE can indicate that 'one dollar invested in the company generates value of more than one dollar'.

How Do You Calculate Return On Capital Employed?

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 Boot Barn Holdings:

0.13 = US$64m ÷ (US$636m - US$152m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2019.)

So, Boot Barn Holdings has an ROCE of 13%.

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Does Boot Barn Holdings Have A Good ROCE?

When making comparisons between similar businesses, investors may find ROCE useful. Using our data, Boot Barn Holdings's ROCE appears to be around the 11% average of the Specialty Retail industry. Independently of how Boot Barn Holdings compares to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms appears decent, and the company may be worthy of closer investigation.

The image below shows how Boot Barn Holdings's ROCE compares to its industry, and you can click it to see more detail on its past growth.

NYSE:BOOT Past Revenue and Net Income, July 22nd 2019

When considering this metric, keep in mind that it is backwards looking, and not necessarily predictive. ROCE can be deceptive for cyclical businesses, as returns can look incredible in boom times, and terribly low in downturns. ROCE is, after all, simply a snap shot of a single year. What happens in the future is pretty important for investors, so we have prepared a free report on analyst forecasts for Boot Barn Holdings.

What Are Current Liabilities, And How Do They Affect Boot Barn Holdings's ROCE?

Short term (or current) liabilities, are things like supplier invoices, overdrafts, or tax bills that need to be paid within 12 months. Due to the way ROCE is calculated, a high level of current liabilities makes a company look as though it has less capital employed, and thus can (sometimes unfairly) boost the ROCE. To counter this, investors can check if a company has high current liabilities relative to total assets.

Boot Barn Holdings has total liabilities of US$152m and total assets of US$636m. Therefore its current liabilities are equivalent to approximately 24% of its total assets. Low current liabilities are not boosting the ROCE too much.

Our Take On Boot Barn Holdings's ROCE

With that in mind, Boot Barn Holdings's ROCE appears pretty good. Boot Barn Holdings shapes up well under this analysis, but it is far from the only business delivering excellent numbers . You might also want to check this free collection of companies delivering excellent earnings growth.

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