ROCE Insights For ICF International

ICF International ICFI posted a 22.98% decrease in earnings from Q3. Sales, however, increased by 20.54% over the previous quarter to $434.33 million. Despite the increase in sales this quarter, the decrease in earnings may suggest ICF International is not utilizing their capital as effectively as possible. ICF International reached earnings of $28.25 million and sales of $360.31 million in Q3.

What Is Return On Capital Employed?

Return on Capital Employed is a measure of yearly pre-tax profit relative to capital employed by a business. Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in a company's ROCE. A higher ROCE is generally representative of successful growth of a company and is a sign of higher earnings per share in the future. A low or negative ROCE suggests the opposite. In Q4, ICF International posted an ROCE of 0.03%.

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 ICF International 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 ICF International's case, the positive ROCE ratio will be something investors pay attention to before making long-term financial decisions.

Q4 Earnings Recap

ICF International reported Q4 earnings per share at $1.36/share, which beat analyst predictions of $1.13/share.

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