Potbelly Earnings Perspective: Return On Capital Employed

According to Benzinga Pro, during Q3, Potbelly PBPB earned $9.14 million, a 1190.4% increase from the preceding quarter. Potbelly also posted a total of $117.65 million in sales, a 1.46% increase since Q2. In Q2, Potbelly earned $708 thousand, and total sales reached $115.95 million.

Why Is ROCE Significant?

Return on Capital Employed is a measure of yearly pre-tax profit relative to capital employed by a business. Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in a company's ROCE. A higher ROCE is generally representative of successful growth of a company and is a sign of higher earnings per share in the future. A low or negative ROCE suggests the opposite. In Q3, Potbelly posted an ROCE of 10.05%.

Keep in mind, while ROCE is a good measure of a company's recent performance, it is not a highly reliable predictor of a company's earnings or sales in the near future.

ROCE is a powerful metric for comparing the effectiveness of capital allocation for similar companies. A relatively high ROCE shows Potbelly 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, ultimately, earnings per share (EPS) growth.

For Potbelly, the positive return on capital employed ratio of 10.05% suggests that management is allocating their capital effectively. Effective capital allocation is a positive indicator that a company will achieve more durable success and favorable long-term returns.

Upcoming Earnings Estimate

Potbelly reported Q3 earnings per share at $0.01/share, which did not meet analyst predictions of $0.07/share.

This article was generated by Benzinga's automated content engine and reviewed by an editor.

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