Does Allegiant Travel Company’s (NASDAQ:ALGT) ROCE Reflect Well On The Business?

Today we are going to look at Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ:ALGT) to see whether it might be an attractive investment prospect. In particular, we’ll consider its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), as that can give us insight into how profitably the company is able to employ capital in its business.

First of all, we’ll work out how to calculate ROCE. Then we’ll compare its ROCE 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. In general, businesses with a higher ROCE are usually better quality. Overall, it is a valuable metric that has its flaws. Author Edwin Whiting says to be careful when comparing the ROCE of different businesses, since ‘No two businesses are exactly alike.’

So, How Do We Calculate ROCE?

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 Allegiant Travel:

0.12 = US$246m ÷ (US$2.5b – US$514m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2018.)

Therefore, Allegiant Travel has an ROCE of 12%.

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Does Allegiant Travel Have A Good ROCE?

One way to assess ROCE is to compare similar companies. Using our data, Allegiant Travel’s ROCE appears to be around the 11% average of the Airlines industry. Independently of how Allegiant Travel compares to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms appears decent, and the company may be worthy of closer investigation.

Allegiant Travel’s current ROCE of 12% is lower than its ROCE in the past, which was 39%, 3 years ago. Therefore we wonder if the company is facing new headwinds.

NasdaqGS:ALGT Past Revenue and Net Income, April 13th 2019
NasdaqGS:ALGT Past Revenue and Net Income, April 13th 2019

When considering ROCE, bear in mind that it reflects the past and does not necessarily predict the future. ROCE can be deceptive for cyclical businesses, as returns can look incredible in boom times, and terribly low in downturns. This is because ROCE only looks at one year, instead of considering returns across a whole cycle. Since the future is so important for investors, you should check out our free report on analyst forecasts for Allegiant Travel.

Allegiant Travel’s Current Liabilities And Their Impact On Its ROCE

Current liabilities include invoices, such as supplier payments, short-term debt, or a tax bill, that need to be paid within 12 months. The ROCE equation subtracts current liabilities from capital employed, so a company with a lot of current liabilities appears to have less capital employed, and a higher ROCE than otherwise. To counteract this, we check if a company has high current liabilities, relative to its total assets.

Allegiant Travel has total liabilities of US$514m and total assets of US$2.5b. As a result, its current liabilities are equal to approximately 21% of its total assets. Current liabilities are minimal, limiting the impact on ROCE.

Our Take On Allegiant Travel’s ROCE

Overall, Allegiant Travel has a decent ROCE and could be worthy of further research. Allegiant Travel 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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