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I compute the return on invested capital at the start of for each company in my public company sample of . Aswath Damodaran said. January 28, at am by Aswath Damodaran . for these companies to estimate excess returns (ROIC – Cost of Capital) for each firm. Return on Capital or Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) is something I . Aswath Damodaran is an NYU professor and the guru of valuation.

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Aswath Damodaran – January 2018 Data Update 7: Growth and Value

There is a litany of writing about ROIC by people far smarter on the topic than myself. Putting both calculations side by side helps exemplify the definition and various drivers a little better.

I am not surprised, as some might be, by the numbers above.

First, corporate measures of profits are not only historical as opposed to future expectations but are also skewed by accounting discretion and practice and year-to-year volatility. While the entire sector data is available for both US and Global companies, the list below highlights the non-financial service sectors that earn less than the cost of capital:.

To the extent that the market is pricing in investment quality into stock prices, there is a very real possibility that the companies in the worst businesses may offer the best investment opportunities, if markets have over reacted to investment performance, and the companies in the best businesses may be the ones to avoid, if the market has pushed up prices too much.

Data UpdateExcess Returns. I have spent the last few posts trying to estimate what firms need to generate as returns on investments, culminating in the cost of capital estimates in the last post.

There is a semblance of good news in this table. I recently calculated ROIC for two very different companies with two very different business models and I thought that the output was worth sharing. Never Miss A Story!

ROIC – Formula, Examples, How to Calculate ROIC

rioc This latter point is debatable have you heard of Amazon? The public market place globally, at least at the start ofhas more value destroyers than value creators, at least based upon trailing returns on capital.

Return on capital is important because it is a fundamental driver of roc. We would want to analyze the ROIC for both companies over multiple years to understand how sustainable it is and how susceptible it is to a cyclical downturn. While you will see both in user, there are two roc factors that should color which one you focus on and how much to trust that number. As you digest the bad news in the cross section, if you are a manager or investor, you are probably already looking for reasons why your company or business is the exception.


If the accounting return is a good measure of what you actually earn on your invested capital, and the cost of capital is the rate of return that you need to make on that invested capital to break even, a “good” company should generate positive excess returns, a “neutral” company should earn roughly its cost of capital and a ” bad” company should have trouble earning its cost of capital.

The simplest and most direct measures of profitability remain profit margins, with profits scaled to revenues for most firms. In general, especially when comparing large numbers of stocks across many sectors, the capital comparison is a more reliable one than the equity comparison.

The profit margins you focus on, to measure success and viability, will also shift as a company moves through the life cycle:.

ROIC = NOPAT / Invested Capital

I’ve made some assumptions here and I can’t say with certainty that all of them are perfectly correct. We respect your privacy no spam ever. Return on Invested Capital: Note that the traditional definition of Net Working Capital usually daomdaran cash from the Current Assets but I include it in this case because we then subtract out the excess cash.

There are “low-margin” good companies, like Walmart, that make up for low margins with high sales turnover and “high-margin” bad companies, that invest a great deal and sell very little, with many high-end retailers and manufacturers falling into this grouping.

Margins and ROC

Download spreadsheet with all margin data. Unlike profit margins, where profits are scaled to revenues, accounting returns scale profits to invested capital. China, the other big market in terms of population, does not seem to offer the same positive excess returns, and that should be a cautionary note for those who tell the China story to justify sky high valuations for companies growing there. Calculating Return on Invested Capital. Alphabet a wonderful rkic but only if we’re able to pay a fair price.

It is to remedy these problems that I will turn damodarxn measuring profitability with accounting returns, in the next section. Nonetheless, these assumptions don’t impact the key insights of the comparison very much so I thought it ok for this example. Operating income should be adjusted for special or non-recurring charges as appropriate. Regional and Sector Differences If you accept my numbers, a third of all companies are destroying value, a third are running in place and a third are creating value, but are there differences across countries?


Some of the sectors on this list will attribute their place on the list to macro concerns, with oil companies pointing to low damkdaran prices. The median operating margin across all companies is 4. We would want to analyze the ROIC for both companies over multiple years to understand how sustainable it is and how susceptible it is to a cyclical downturn Drivers: Newer Post Older Post Home. I use the corporate life cycle as a vehicle for talking about transitions in companies, from damodzran right type of CEO for a firm to which pricing metric to use.


There is, however, a corporate governance lesson worth heeding. What is driving the higher or lower ROIC and xamodaran the right inputs being used?

The sobering note, though, is that as India opens these sheltered businesses up for competition, these excess returns will come under pressure and perhaps dissipate. If the business earns six percent on capital over forty years and you hold it for that forty years, you’re not going to make much different than a six eamodaran return-even if you originally buy it at a huge discount.

I think that this is one of damodaaran most powerful yet underestimated principles across roc of investing literature and it makes me think that I should have probably started this post with it given its importance. Conversely, if a business earns eighteen percent on capital over twenty or thirty years, even if you pay an expensive looking price, you’ll end up with one hell of a camodaran.

It behooves us, as investors, to be wary of growth in companies. January Data Update 2: Profitability, Excess Returns and Governance. Thus, a company that can consistently generate returns on its invested capital that exceed its cost of capital is creating value, one that generates returns equal to the cost of capital is running in place and one that generates returns that are less than the cost of capital, it is destroying value.