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CooTek (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE:CTK) Earns Among The Best Returns In Its Industry

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Today we are going to look at CooTek (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE:CTK) to see whether it might be an attractive investment prospect. 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.

Firstly, we'll go over how we calculate ROCE. Then we'll compare its ROCE to similar companies. Finally, we'll look at how its current liabilities affect its ROCE.

What is 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. All else being equal, a better business will have a higher ROCE. 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?

Analysts use this formula to calculate return on capital employed:

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

Or for CooTek (Cayman):

0.12 = US$10m ÷ (US$118m - US$33m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2018.)

So, CooTek (Cayman) has an ROCE of 12%.

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Does CooTek (Cayman) Have A Good ROCE?

ROCE is commonly used for comparing the performance of similar businesses. Using our data, we find that CooTek (Cayman)'s ROCE is meaningfully better than the 9.5% average in the Software industry. I think that's good to see, since it implies the company is better than other companies at making the most of its capital. Regardless of where CooTek (Cayman) sits next to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms appears satisfactory, and this company could be worth a closer look.

NYSE:CTK Past Revenue and Net Income, April 12th 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 only a point-in-time measure. Future performance is what matters, and you can see analyst predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

CooTek (Cayman)'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. 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 counteract this, we check if a company has high current liabilities, relative to its total assets.

CooTek (Cayman) has total assets of US$118m and current liabilities of US$33m. Therefore its current liabilities are equivalent to approximately 28% of its total assets. Low current liabilities are not boosting the ROCE too much.

Our Take On CooTek (Cayman)'s ROCE

This is good to see, and with a sound ROCE, CooTek (Cayman) could be worth a closer look. CooTek (Cayman) 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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