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Does Carlisle Companies Incorporated’s (NYSE:CSL) ROCE Reflect Well On The Business?

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Today we are going to look at Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE:CSL) 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.

First of all, we'll work out how to calculate ROCE. Then we'll compare its ROCE to similar companies. Then we'll determine how its current liabilities are affecting 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. Generally speaking a higher ROCE is better. 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.

How Do You Calculate Return On Capital Employed?

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 Carlisle Companies:

0.13 = US$608m ÷ (US$5.4b - US$650m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2019.)

Therefore, Carlisle Companies has an ROCE of 13%.

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Is Carlisle Companies's ROCE Good?

ROCE can be useful when making comparisons, such as between similar companies. It appears that Carlisle Companies's ROCE is fairly close to the Industrials industry average of 14%. Separate from Carlisle Companies's performance relative to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms looks satisfactory, and it may be worth researching in more depth.

You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Carlisle Companies's past growth compares to other companies.

NYSE:CSL Past Revenue and Net Income, October 19th 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. This is because ROCE only looks at one year, instead of considering returns across a whole cycle. What happens in the future is pretty important for investors, so we have prepared a free report on analyst forecasts for Carlisle Companies.

Carlisle Companies's Current Liabilities And Their Impact On 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 counteract this, we check if a company has high current liabilities, relative to its total assets.

Carlisle Companies has total assets of US$5.4b and current liabilities of US$650m. As a result, its current liabilities are equal to approximately 12% of its total assets. Low current liabilities are not boosting the ROCE too much.

Our Take On Carlisle Companies's ROCE

Overall, Carlisle Companies has a decent ROCE and could be worthy of further research. Carlisle Companies 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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