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ROCE Insights For KAR Auction Services

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Looking at Q4, KAR Auction Services (NYSE:KAR) earned $13.90 million, a 83.91% increase from the preceding quarter. KAR Auction Services's sales decreased to $529.60 million, a 10.78% change since Q3. KAR Auction Services earned $86.40 million, and sales totaled $593.60 million in Q3.

What Is ROCE?

Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in KAR Auction Services'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 Q4, KAR Auction Services posted an ROCE of 0.01%.

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 KAR Auction Services 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 generally lead to higher returns and earnings per share growth.

For KAR Auction Services, 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.

Q4 Earnings Insight

KAR Auction Services reported Q4 earnings per share at $-0.01/share, which did not meet analyst predictions of $0.28/share.

 

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