Coupa Software Insights: Return On Capital Employed

Coupa Software Insights: Return On Capital Employed

During Q1, Coupa Software COUP brought in sales totaling $166.93 million. However, earnings decreased 22.55%, resulting in a loss of $73.86 million. Coupa Software collected $163.54 million in revenue during Q4, but reported earnings showed a $95.36 million loss.

What Is Return On Capital Employed?

Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in Coupa Software'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, Coupa Software posted an ROCE of -0.07%.

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.

Return on Capital Employed is an important measurement of efficiency and a useful tool when comparing companies that operate in the same industry. A relatively high ROCE indicates a company may be generating profits that can be reinvested into more capital, leading to higher returns and growing EPS for shareholders.

For Coupa Software, 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

Coupa Software reported Q1 earnings per share at $0.07/share, which beat analyst predictions of $-0.19/share.

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