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Return On Capital Employed Overview: Delta Air Lines


In Q2, Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) saw a decline in both earnings and sales. Earnings decreased by 95.75% to $358.00 million, and sales dropped by 82.91% to $1.47 billion. Delta Air Lines reached earnings of $8.43 billion and sales of $8.59 billion in Q1.

What Is ROCE?

Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in Delta Air Lines’s Return on Capital Employed, a measure of yearly pre-tax profit relative to capital employed in a business. Generally, a higher ROCE suggests successful growth in a company and is a sign of higher earnings per share for shareholders in the future.

In Q2, Delta Air Lines posted a ROCE of -0.52%.

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 Delta Air Lines 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 lead to higher returns and earnings per share growth.

In Delta Air Lines's case, the ROCE ratio shows the amount of assets may not be helping the company achieve higher returns. Investors may take this into account before making any long-term financial decisions.

Analyst Predictions

Delta reported Q2 earnings per share at $-4.43/share against analyst predictions of $-4.12/share.


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