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Looking Into Starbucks's Return On Capital Employed


During Q3, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) brought in sales totaling $4.22 billion. However, earnings decreased 308.1%, resulting in a loss of $812.00 million. Starbucks reached earnings of $390.20 million and sales of $6.00 billion in Q2.

Why ROCE Is Significant

Return on Capital Employed is a measure of yearly pre-tax profit relative to capital employed in a business. Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in a company's ROCE. A higher ROCE is generally representative of successful growth in a company and is a sign of higher earnings per share for shareholders in the future. A low or negative ROCE suggests the opposite. In Q3, Starbucks posted an ROCE of 1.93%.

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

Q3 Earnings

Starbucks reported Q3 earnings per share at $-0.46/share against analyst predictions of $-0.59/share.


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