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The Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) is a financial ratio that measures the profitability of a company relative to the total capital invested by shareholders and creditors. It is an important metric for evaluating the efficiency of a company in generating profits from its capital.
Historical Background
ROIC has become increasingly significant as investors and analysts look for measures that can reliably indicate the performance and efficiency of a company's use of invested funds. It reflects a company's ability to create value for its shareholders and is often used in comparison to the cost of capital to assess whether a company is creating or destroying value.
Calculation Formula
The formula for calculating ROIC is as follows:
\[ \text{ROIC} = \frac{\text{R}}{\text{IC}} \times 100 \]
Where:
 \(\text{ROIC}\) is the Return on Invested Capital (%),
 \(\text{R}\) is the total return ($),
 \(\text{IC}\) is the total invested capital ($).
Example Calculation
For instance, if a company has a total return of $120,000 and the total invested capital is $800,000, the ROIC can be calculated as:
\[ \text{ROIC} = \frac{120,000}{800,000} \times 100 = 15\% \]
This means that for every dollar invested in the company, it generates a return of 15 cents.
Importance and Usage Scenarios
ROIC is widely used by investors to determine the efficiency with which a company employs its capital to generate profits. It is particularly useful in comparing the performance of companies across industries where capital requirements can vary significantly. A higher ROIC indicates a more efficient use of capital.
Common FAQs

What distinguishes ROIC from other profitability metrics?
 ROIC specifically measures the return earned on the total capital invested by both debt and equity holders, making it a comprehensive measure of a company’s efficiency in using its capital.

How can ROIC be used in investment decisions?
 Investors use ROIC to identify companies that are efficiently using their capital to generate returns that exceed their cost of capital, indicating potential for value creation and profitable investment opportunities.

Is a higher ROIC always better?
 While a higher ROIC is generally favorable, it’s important to consider it in the context of the company's cost of capital and industry benchmarks. A ROIC greater than the cost of capital suggests the company is creating value.
This calculator facilitates the easy computation of ROIC, helping investors, financial analysts, and business owners to assess and compare the capital efficiency and value creation potential of different companies.