Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRZO) Earns Among The Best Returns In Its Industry

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Today we are going to look at Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRZO) to see whether it might be an attractive investment prospect. Specifically, we’re going to calculate its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), in the hopes of getting some insight into the business.

First of all, we’ll work out how to calculate ROCE. Second, we’ll look at its ROCE compared to similar companies. And finally, we’ll look at how its current liabilities are impacting its ROCE.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

ROCE is a measure of a company’s yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. Generally speaking a higher ROCE is better. In brief, it is a useful tool, but it is not without drawbacks. Author Edwin Whiting says to be careful when comparing the ROCE of different businesses, since ‘No two businesses are exactly alike.’

How Do You Calculate Return On Capital Employed?

The formula for calculating the return on capital employed is:

Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

Or for Carrizo Oil & Gas:

0.14 = US$423m ÷ (US$3.6b – US$450m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2019.)

So, Carrizo Oil & Gas has an ROCE of 14%.

See our latest analysis for Carrizo Oil & Gas

Is Carrizo Oil & Gas’s ROCE Good?

One way to assess ROCE is to compare similar companies. Using our data, we find that Carrizo Oil & Gas’s ROCE is meaningfully better than the 7.4% average in the Oil and Gas industry. We consider this a positive sign, because it suggests it uses capital more efficiently than similar companies. Regardless of where Carrizo Oil & Gas sits next to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms appears satisfactory, and this company could be worth a closer look.

In our analysis, Carrizo Oil & Gas’s ROCE appears to be 14%, compared to 3 years ago, when its ROCE was 2.3%. This makes us wonder if the company is improving.

NasdaqGS:CRZO Past Revenue and Net Income, July 1st 2019
NasdaqGS:CRZO Past Revenue and Net Income, July 1st 2019

Remember that this metric is backwards looking – it shows what has happened in the past, and does not accurately predict the future. Companies in cyclical industries can be difficult to understand using ROCE, as returns typically look high during boom times, and low during busts. ROCE is only a point-in-time measure. We note Carrizo Oil & Gas could be considered a cyclical business. Future performance is what matters, and you can see analyst predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

Carrizo Oil & Gas’s Current Liabilities And Their Impact On Its ROCE

Short term (or current) liabilities, are things like supplier invoices, overdrafts, or tax bills that need to be paid within 12 months. Due to the way the ROCE equation works, having large bills due in the near term can make it look as though a company has less capital employed, and thus a higher ROCE than usual. To check the impact of this, we calculate if a company has high current liabilities relative to its total assets.

Carrizo Oil & Gas has total assets of US$3.6b and current liabilities of US$450m. As a result, its current liabilities are equal to approximately 13% of its total assets. Low current liabilities are not boosting the ROCE too much.

Our Take On Carrizo Oil & Gas’s ROCE

Overall, Carrizo Oil & Gas has a decent ROCE and could be worthy of further research. Carrizo Oil & Gas shapes up well under this analysis, but it is far from the only business delivering excellent numbers . You might also want to check this free collection of companies delivering excellent earnings growth.

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