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Here’s why Rogers Corporation’s (NYSE:ROG) Returns On Capital Matters So Much

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Today we are going to look at Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) 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 of all, we'll work out how to calculate ROCE. Second, we'll look at its ROCE compared to similar companies. Finally, we'll look at how its current liabilities affect its ROCE.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

ROCE measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from 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. Renowned investment researcher Michael Mauboussin has suggested that a high ROCE can indicate that 'one dollar invested in the company generates value of more than one dollar'.

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 Rogers:

0.034 = US$46m ÷ (US$1.4b - US$97m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2020.)

Therefore, Rogers has an ROCE of 3.4%.

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Does Rogers Have A Good ROCE?

When making comparisons between similar businesses, investors may find ROCE useful. Using our data, Rogers's ROCE appears to be significantly below the 10% average in the Electronic industry. This performance could be negative if sustained, as it suggests the business may underperform its industry. Putting aside Rogers's performance relative to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms is poor - considering the risk of owning stocks compared to government bonds. It is likely that there are more attractive prospects out there.

We can see that, Rogers currently has an ROCE of 3.4%, less than the 10% it reported 3 years ago. So investors might consider if it has had issues recently. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Rogers's past growth compares to other companies.

NYSE:ROG Past Revenue and Net Income May 21st 2020

It is important to remember that ROCE shows past performance, and is 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 only a point-in-time measure. What happens in the future is pretty important for investors, so we have prepared a free report on analyst forecasts for Rogers.

Rogers's Current Liabilities And Their Impact On Its ROCE

Current liabilities are short term bills and invoices that need to be paid in 12 months or less. 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.

Rogers has total assets of US$1.4b and current liabilities of US$97m. As a result, its current liabilities are equal to approximately 6.8% of its total assets. With barely any current liabilities, there is minimal impact on Rogers's admittedly low ROCE.

Our Take On Rogers's ROCE

Nevertheless, there are potentially more attractive companies to invest in. Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking at a few good candidates. So take a peek at this free list of companies with modest (or no) debt, trading on a P/E below 20.

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