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Return On Capital Employed Overview: UnitedHealth Group

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UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) posted Q2 earnings of $8.90 billion, an increase from Q1 of 92.18%. Sales dropped to $62.14 billion, a 3.54% decrease between quarters. In Q1, UnitedHealth Group earned $4.63 billion, whereas sales reached $64.42 billion.

What Is Return On Capital Employed?

Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in UnitedHealth Group’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, UnitedHealth Group posted an ROCE of 0.13%.

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 UnitedHealth Group 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.

For UnitedHealth Group, the return on capital employed ratio shows the number of assets can actually help the company achieve higher returns, an important note investors will take into account when gauging the payoff from long-term financing strategies.

Q2 Earnings Recap

UnitedHealth Group reported Q2 earnings per share at $7.12/share, which beat analyst predictions of $5.18/share.

 

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