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A Close Look At Great Canadian Gaming Corporation’s (TSE:GC) 16% ROCE

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Today we'll look at Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (TSE:GC) and reflect on its potential as an investment. 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 of all, we'll work out how to calculate ROCE. Next, we'll compare it to others in its industry. Last but not least, we'll look at what impact its current liabilities have on its ROCE.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. In general, businesses with a higher ROCE are usually better quality. 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 Great Canadian Gaming:

0.16 = CA$395m ÷ (CA$2.7b - CA$281m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2019.)

Therefore, Great Canadian Gaming has an ROCE of 16%.

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Is Great Canadian Gaming's ROCE Good?

ROCE can be useful when making comparisons, such as between similar companies. Using our data, we find that Great Canadian Gaming's ROCE is meaningfully better than the 7.7% average in the Hospitality industry. We consider this a positive sign, because it suggests it uses capital more efficiently than similar companies. Separate from Great Canadian Gaming's performance relative to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms looks satisfactory, and it may be worth researching in more depth.

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

TSX:GC Past Revenue and Net Income, August 21st 2019

Remember that this metric is backwards looking - it shows what has happened in the past, and does not accurately predict the future. Companies in cyclical industries can be difficult to understand using ROCE, as returns typically look high during boom times, and low during busts. ROCE is only a point-in-time measure. Since the future is so important for investors, you should check out our free report on analyst forecasts for Great Canadian Gaming.

Great Canadian Gaming's Current Liabilities And Their Impact On Its ROCE

Current liabilities are short term bills and invoices that need to be paid in 12 months or less. 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 check the impact of this, we calculate if a company has high current liabilities relative to its total assets.

Great Canadian Gaming has total liabilities of CA$281m and total assets of CA$2.7b. As a result, its current liabilities are equal to approximately 10% of its total assets. A fairly low level of current liabilities is not influencing the ROCE too much.

Our Take On Great Canadian Gaming's ROCE

Overall, Great Canadian Gaming has a decent ROCE and could be worthy of further research. Great Canadian Gaming 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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