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SLM Earnings Perspective: Return On Capital Employed

According to Benzinga Pro data SLM (NASDAQ:SLM) posted a 57.94% decrease in earnings from Q4. Sales, however, increased by 2.19% over the previous quarter to $375.03 million.

Benzinga · 04/29/2022 09:56

According to Benzinga Pro data SLM (NASDAQ:SLM) posted a 57.94% decrease in earnings from Q4. Sales, however, increased by 2.19% over the previous quarter to $375.03 million. Despite the increase in sales this quarter, the decrease in earnings may suggest SLM is not utilizing their capital as effectively as possible. SLM reached earnings of $306.26 million and sales of $367.00 million in Q4.

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 Q1, SLM posted an ROCE of 0.06%.

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 SLM 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 SLM, the positive return on capital employed ratio of 0.06% 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.

Analyst Predictions

SLM reported Q1 earnings per share at $0.46/share, which did not meet analyst predictions of $0.82/share.

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