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Return On Capital Employed Overview: Carnival

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During Q3, Carnival (NYSE: CCL) brought in sales totaling $31.00 million. However, earnings decreased 44.16%, resulting in a loss of $2.33 billion. In Q2, Carnival brought in $740.00 million in sales but lost $4.18 billion in earnings.

What Is Return On Capital Employed?

Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in Carnival’s Return on Capital Employed, a measure of yearly pre-tax profit relative to capital employed by a business. Generally, a higher ROCE suggests successful growth of a company and is a sign of higher earnings per share in the future. In Q3, Carnival posted an ROCE of -0.12%.

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.

For Carnival, the return on capital employed ratio shows the current amount of assets may not actually be helping the company achieve higher returns, a note many investors will take into account when making long-term financial decisions.

Q3 Earnings Recap

Carnival reported Q3 earnings per share at $-2.19/share, which beat analyst predictions of $-2.2/share.

 

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