Applied DNA Sciences (NASDAQ:APDN) reported Q1 sales of $1.62 million. Earnings fell to a loss of $2.97 million, resulting in a 26.64% decrease from last quarter. In Q4, Applied DNA Sciences brought in $314.00 thousand in sales but lost $4.05 million in earnings.
Why ROCE Is Significant
Changes in earnings and sales indicate shifts in Applied DNA Sciences’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 Q1, Applied DNA Sciences posted an ROCE of -0.52%.
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.
Return on Capital Employed is an important measurement of efficiency and a useful tool when comparing companies that operate in the same industry. A relatively high ROCE indicates a company may be generating profits that can be reinvested into more capital, leading to higher returns and growing EPS for shareholders.
For Applied DNA Sciences, 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.
Q1 Earnings Insight
Applied DNA Sciences reported Q1 earnings per share at $-0.56/share, which did not meet analyst predictions of $-0.54/share.