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Why Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:EIGI) Use Of Investor Capital Doesn’t Look Great

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Today we'll look at Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EIGI) and reflect on its potential as an investment. 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. Then we'll determine how its current liabilities are affecting its ROCE.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

ROCE measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. All else being equal, a better business will have a higher ROCE. Overall, it is a valuable metric that has its flaws. Author Edwin Whiting says to be careful when comparing the ROCE of different businesses, since 'No two businesses are exactly alike.'

How Do You Calculate Return On Capital Employed?

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 Endurance International Group Holdings:

0.072 = US$153m ÷ (US$2.7b - US$534m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2019.)

So, Endurance International Group Holdings has an ROCE of 7.2%.

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Is Endurance International Group Holdings's ROCE Good?

ROCE is commonly used for comparing the performance of similar businesses. Using our data, Endurance International Group Holdings's ROCE appears to be significantly below the 9.6% average in the IT industry. This performance could be negative if sustained, as it suggests the business may underperform its industry. Setting aside the industry comparison for now, Endurance International Group Holdings's ROCE is mediocre in absolute terms, considering the risk of investing in stocks versus the safety of a bank account. Readers may find more attractive investment prospects elsewhere.

We can see that , Endurance International Group Holdings currently has an ROCE of 7.2% compared to its ROCE 3 years ago, which was 1.1%. This makes us think the business might be improving. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Endurance International Group Holdings's past growth compares to other companies.

NasdaqGS:EIGI Past Revenue and Net Income, August 1st 2019

When considering ROCE, bear in mind that it reflects the past and does not necessarily predict the future. Companies in cyclical industries can be difficult to understand using ROCE, as returns typically look high during boom times, and low during busts. ROCE is only a point-in-time measure. Since the future is so important for investors, you should check out our free report on analyst forecasts for Endurance International Group Holdings.

How Endurance International Group Holdings's Current Liabilities Impact Its ROCE

Liabilities, such as supplier bills and bank overdrafts, are referred to as current liabilities if they need to be paid within 12 months. Due to the way ROCE is calculated, a high level of current liabilities makes a company look as though it has less capital employed, and thus can (sometimes unfairly) boost the ROCE. To counter this, investors can check if a company has high current liabilities relative to total assets.

Endurance International Group Holdings has total liabilities of US$534m and total assets of US$2.7b. Therefore its current liabilities are equivalent to approximately 20% of its total assets. This is a modest level of current liabilities, which would only have a small effect on ROCE.

The Bottom Line On Endurance International Group Holdings's ROCE

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