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During Q4, Molson Coors Brewing (NYSE:TAP) brought in sales totaling $2.29 billion. However, earnings decreased 352.35%, resulting in a loss of $1.28 billion. Molson Coors Brewing earned $508.30 million, and sales totaled $2.75 billion in Q3.
What Is Return On Capital Employed?
Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in Molson Coors Brewing'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 Q4, Molson Coors Brewing posted an ROCE of -0.1%.
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 Molson Coors Brewing 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 Molson Coors Brewing's case, the ROCE ratio shows the amount of assets may not be helping the company achieve higher returns. Investors may take this into account before making any long-term financial decisions.
Q4 Earnings Insight
Molson Coors Brewing reported Q4 earnings per share at $0.4/share, which did not meet analyst predictions of $0.77/share.
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