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Return On Capital Employed Overview: Callon Petroleum

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Johnny Liu
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Looking at Q1, Callon Petroleum (NYSE: CPE) earned $104.06 million, a 120.8% increase from the preceding quarter. Callon Petroleum also posted a total of $315.05 million in sales, a 63.45% increase since Q4. Callon Petroleum earned $47.13 million and sales totaled $192.74 million in Q4.

Why ROCE Is Significant

Return on Capital Employed is a measure of yearly pre-tax profit relative to capital employed in a business. Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in a company's ROCE. A higher ROCE is generally representative of successful growth in a company and is a sign of higher earnings per share for shareholders in the future. A low or negative ROCE suggests the opposite. In Q1, Callon Petroleum posted an ROCE of -0.15%.

Keep in mind, while ROCE is a good measure of a company's recent performance, it is not a highly reliable predictor of a company's earnings or sales in the near future.

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ROCE is an important metric for the comparison of similar companies. A relatively high ROCE shows Callon Petroleum is potentially operating at a higher level of efficiency than other companies in its industry. If the company is generating high profits with its current level of capital, some of that money can be reinvested in more capital which will lead to higher returns and earnings per share growth.

For Callon Petroleum, the return on capital employed ratio shows the current amount of assets may not actually be helping the company achieve higher returns, a note many investors will take into account when making long-term financial decisions.

Q1 Earnings

Callon Petroleum reported Q1 earnings per share at $0.12/share against analyst predictions of $0.13/share.

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