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Is Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:KOF) Better Than Average At Deploying Capital?

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Today we'll evaluate Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:KOF) to determine whether it could have potential as an investment idea. Specifically, we're going to calculate its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), in the hopes of getting some insight into the business.

Firstly, we'll go over how we calculate ROCE. Second, we'll look at its ROCE compared to similar companies. And finally, we'll look at how its current liabilities are impacting its ROCE.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. Generally speaking a higher ROCE is better. Overall, it is a valuable metric that has its flaws. 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 Coca-Cola FEMSA. de:

0.12 = Mex$25b ÷ (Mex$259b - Mex$56b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2019.)

So, Coca-Cola FEMSA. de has an ROCE of 12%.

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Is Coca-Cola FEMSA. de's ROCE Good?

When making comparisons between similar businesses, investors may find ROCE useful. Using our data, Coca-Cola FEMSA. de's ROCE appears to be around the 11% average of the Beverage industry. Separate from Coca-Cola FEMSA. de's performance relative to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms looks satisfactory, and it may be worth researching in more depth.

You can see in the image below how Coca-Cola FEMSA. de's ROCE compares to its industry. Click to see more on past growth.

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

When considering ROCE, bear in mind that it reflects the past and does not necessarily 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, after all, simply a snap shot of a single year. Future performance is what matters, and you can see analyst predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

How Coca-Cola FEMSA. de'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 check the impact of this, we calculate if a company has high current liabilities relative to its total assets.

Coca-Cola FEMSA. de has total assets of Mex$259b and current liabilities of Mex$56b. Therefore its current liabilities are equivalent to approximately 22% of its total assets. Low current liabilities are not boosting the ROCE too much.

What We Can Learn From Coca-Cola FEMSA. de's ROCE

This is good to see, and with a sound ROCE, Coca-Cola FEMSA. de could be worth a closer look. Coca-Cola FEMSA. de 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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