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Evaluating Moog Inc.’s (NYSE:MOG.A) Investments In Its Business

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Today we'll evaluate Moog Inc. (NYSE:MOG.A) to determine whether it could have potential as an investment idea. 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.

Firstly, we'll go over how we calculate ROCE. Next, we'll compare it to others in its industry. And finally, we'll look at how its current liabilities are impacting its ROCE.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. All else being equal, a better business will have a higher ROCE. 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'.

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 Moog:

0.11 = US$287m ÷ (US$3.3b - US$733m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2019.)

So, Moog has an ROCE of 11%.

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Does Moog Have A Good ROCE?

ROCE is commonly used for comparing the performance of similar businesses. Using our data, Moog's ROCE appears to be around the 11% average of the Aerospace & Defense industry. Regardless of where Moog sits next to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms appears satisfactory, and this company could be worth a closer look.

You can see in the image below how Moog's ROCE compares to its industry. Click to see more on past growth.

NYSE:MOG.A Past Revenue and Net Income, February 25th 2020
NYSE:MOG.A Past Revenue and Net Income, February 25th 2020

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. Since the future is so important for investors, you should check out our free report on analyst forecasts for Moog.

Do Moog's Current Liabilities Skew Its ROCE?

Liabilities, such as supplier bills and bank overdrafts, are referred to as current liabilities if they 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 counter this, investors can check if a company has high current liabilities relative to total assets.

Moog has total assets of US$3.3b and current liabilities of US$733m. Therefore its current liabilities are equivalent to approximately 22% of its total assets. Low current liabilities are not boosting the ROCE too much.

Our Take On Moog's ROCE

With that in mind, Moog's ROCE appears pretty good. Moog 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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