Pulled from Benzinga Pro data Alkaline Water Co WTER reported Q4 sales of $11.45 million. Earnings fell to a loss of $15.83 million, resulting in a 274.91% decrease from last quarter. Alkaline Water Co collected $10.18 million in revenue during Q3, but reported earnings showed a $4.22 million loss.
Why ROCE Is Significant
Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in Alkaline Water Co'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, Alkaline Water Co posted an ROCE of -1.44%.
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 Alkaline Water Co 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 Alkaline Water Co, 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.
Upcoming Earnings Estimate
Alkaline Water Co reported Q4 earnings per share at $-0.06/share, which did not meet analyst predictions of $-0.05/share.
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