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Looking at Q1, Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ:CENT) earned $27.04 million, a 7.44% increase from the preceding quarter. Central Garden & Pet's sales decreased to $592.23 million, a 12.39% change since Q4. In Q4, Central Garden & Pet earned $25.17 million, whereas sales reached $675.97 million.
What Is Return On Capital Employed?
Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in Central Garden & Pet's Return on Capital Employed, a measure of yearly pre-tax profit relative to capital employed by a business. Generally, a higher ROCE suggests successful growth of a company and is a sign of higher earnings per share in the future. In Q1, Central Garden & Pet posted an ROCE of 0.02%.
It is important to keep in mind ROCE evaluates past performance and is not used as a predictive tool. It is a good measure of a company's recent performance, but several factors could affect earnings and sales in the near future.
ROCE is an important metric for the comparison of similar companies. A relatively high ROCE shows Central Garden & Pet 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 generally lead to higher returns and earnings per share growth.
In Central Garden & Pet's case, the positive ROCE ratio will be something investors pay attention to before making long-term financial decisions.
Q1 Earnings Insight
Central Garden & Pet reported Q1 earnings per share at $0.29/share, which beat analyst predictions of $-0.01/share.
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