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Return On Capital Employed Overview: DTE Energy

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DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) posted a 27.81% decrease in earnings from Q3. Sales, however, increased by 0.12% over the previous quarter to $3.29 billion. Despite the increase in sales this quarter, the decrease in earnings may suggest DTE Energy is not utilizing their capital as effectively as possible. DTE Energy reached earnings of $597.00 million and sales of $3.28 billion in Q3.

What Is Return On Capital Employed?

Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in DTE Energy'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, DTE Energy posted an ROCE of 0.03%.

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 DTE Energy 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.

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

Q4 Earnings Recap

DTE Energy reported Q4 earnings per share at $1.39/share, which beat analyst predictions of $1.24/share.

 

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