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ROCE Insights For Microsoft

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Looking at Q4, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) earned $13.41 billion, a 3.33% increase from the preceding quarter. Microsoft also posted a total of $38.03 billion in sales, an 8.6% increase since Q3. In Q3, Microsoft earned $12.97 billion, and total sales reached $35.02 billion.

What Is ROCE?

Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in Microsoft’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 Q4, Microsoft posted an ROCE of 0.11%.

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

Q4 Earnings Recap

Microsoft reported Q4 earnings per share at $1.46/share, which beat analyst predictions of $1.37/share.

 

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