Looking at Q3, Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: COST) earned $1.18 billion, a 6.87% increase from the preceding quarter. Costco Wholesale's sales decreased to $37.27 billion, a 4.62% change since Q2. In Q2, Costco Wholesale earned $1.27 billion, and total sales reached $39.07 billion.
What Is ROCE?
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 Q3, Costco Wholesale posted an ROCE of 0.07%.
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.
ROCE is an important metric for the comparison of similar companies. A relatively high ROCE shows Costco Wholesale 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.
In Costco Wholesale's case, the positive ROCE ratio will be something investors pay attention to before making long-term financial decisions.
Q3 Earnings Recap
Costco Wholesale reported Q3 earnings per share at $1.89/share, which did not meet analyst predictions of $2.04/share.
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