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Is Turtle Beach Corporation’s (NASDAQ:HEAR) 55% ROCE Any Good?

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Today we are going to look at Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ:HEAR) to see whether it might be an attractive investment prospect. In particular, we'll consider its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), as that can give us insight into how profitably the company is able to employ capital in its business.

First up, we'll look at what ROCE is and how we calculate it. Then we'll compare its ROCE to similar companies. And finally, we'll look at how its current liabilities are impacting its ROCE.

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

ROCE measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. Generally speaking a higher ROCE is better. In brief, it is a useful tool, but it is not without drawbacks. Author Edwin Whiting says to be careful when comparing the ROCE of different businesses, since 'No two businesses are exactly alike.

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 Turtle Beach:

0.55 = US$25m ÷ (US$131m - US$85m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2019.)

So, Turtle Beach has an ROCE of 55%.

Check out our latest analysis for Turtle Beach

Does Turtle Beach Have A Good ROCE?

When making comparisons between similar businesses, investors may find ROCE useful. In our analysis, Turtle Beach's ROCE is meaningfully higher than the 11% average in the Consumer Durables industry. I think that's good to see, since it implies the company is better than other companies at making the most of its capital. Setting aside the comparison to its industry for a moment, Turtle Beach's ROCE in absolute terms currently looks quite high.

Turtle Beach has an ROCE of 55%, but it didn't have an ROCE 3 years ago, since it was unprofitable. That implies the business has been improving. You can see in the image below how Turtle Beach's ROCE compares to its industry. Click to see more on past growth.

NasdaqGM:HEAR Past Revenue and Net Income, January 5th 2020

When considering this metric, keep in mind that it is backwards looking, and not necessarily predictive. ROCE can be deceptive for cyclical businesses, as returns can look incredible in boom times, and terribly low in downturns. ROCE is, after all, simply a snap shot of a single year. Future performance is what matters, and you can see analyst predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

Do Turtle Beach's Current Liabilities Skew Its ROCE?

Short term (or current) liabilities, are things like supplier invoices, overdrafts, or tax bills that 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.

Turtle Beach has total assets of US$131m and current liabilities of US$85m. Therefore its current liabilities are equivalent to approximately 65% of its total assets. Turtle Beach's high level of current liabilities boost the ROCE - but its ROCE is still impressive.

The Bottom Line On Turtle Beach's ROCE

In my book, this business could be worthy of further research. Turtle Beach 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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