Precigen Insights: Return On Capital Employed

During Q1, Precigen PGEN brought in sales totaling $24.51 million. However, earnings decreased 598.82%, resulting in a loss of $17.69 million. Precigen reached earnings of $3.55 million and sales of $19.33 million in Q4.

What Is ROCE?

Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in Precigen'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 Q1, Precigen 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 Precigen 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.

For Precigen, the return on capital employed ratio shows the current amount of assets may not actually be helping the company achieve higher returns, a note many investors will take into account when making long-term financial decisions.

Q1 Earnings Insight

Precigen reported Q1 earnings per share at $-0.11/share, which beat analyst predictions of $-0.15/share.

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