According to Benzinga Pro data Graham Holdings GHC posted a 80.37% decrease in earnings from Q3. Sales, however, increased by 5.1% over the previous quarter to $1.06 billion. Despite the increase in sales this quarter, the decrease in earnings may suggest Graham Holdings is not utilizing their capital as effectively as possible. In Q3, Graham Holdings earned $33.84 million and total sales reached $1.01 billion.
What Is Return On Capital Employed?
Earnings data without context is not clear and can be difficult to base trading decisions on. Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) helps to filter signal from noise by measuring 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, Graham Holdings posted an ROCE of 0.0%.
It is important to keep in mind that ROCE evaluates past performance and is not used as a predictive tool. It is a good measure of a company's recent performance, but does not account for factors that could affect earnings and 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 Graham Holdings 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 Graham Holdings, the positive return on capital employed ratio of 0.0% 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.
Graham Holdings reported Q4 earnings per share at $18.8/share, which did not meet analyst predictions of $18.84/share.
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