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ROCE Insights For Verizon Communications

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Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) saw a drop in both earnings and sales after Q2. Earnings dropped to $4.29 billion, an 88.01% decrease from the previous quarter. Sales fell to $30.40 billion, down 3.83% from the previous quarter. In Q1, Verizon Communications earned $35.75 billion and total sales reached $31.61 billion.

What Is ROCE?

Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in Verizon Communications’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, Verizon Communications posted an ROCE of -3.07%.

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. In Verizon Communications'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.

Q2 Earnings

Verizon reported Q2 earnings per share at $1.18/share against analyst predictions of $1.15/share.

 

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