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Primus Guaranty Ltd  (OTCPK:PRSG) ROC %: 0.00% (As of Dec. 2011)

Return on capital measures how well a company generates cash flow relative to the capital it has invested in its business. It is also called ROIC %. Primus Guaranty Ltd's annualized return on capital (ROC) for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2011 was 0.00%.

As of today, Primus Guaranty Ltd's WACC % is 0.00%. Primus Guaranty Ltd's return on capital is 0.00% (calculated using TTM income statement data). Primus Guaranty Ltd earns returns that do not match up to its cost of capital. It will destroy value as it grows.

Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Primus Guaranty Ltd Annual Data

 Dec02 Dec03 Dec04 Dec05 Dec06 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 ROC % -144.51 0.00 0.00 0.00 -108.82

Primus Guaranty Ltd Quarterly Data

 Mar07 Jun07 Sep07 Dec07 Mar08 Jun08 Sep08 Dec08 Mar09 Jun09 Sep09 Dec09 Mar10 Jun10 Sep10 Dec10 Mar11 Jun11 Sep11 Dec11 ROC % 42.90 240.99 103.59 0.00 0.00

Calculation

Primus Guaranty Ltd's annualized Return on Capital (ROC) for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2011 is calculated as:

 Return on Capital (ROC) (A: Dec. 2011 ) = NOPAT / Average Invested Capital = Operating Income*(1-Tax Rate) / ( (Invested Capital (A: Dec. 2010 ) + Invested Capital (A: Dec. 2011 )) /2) = -37.882 * ( 1 - -0.04% ) / ( (40.057 + 29.595) /2) = -37.8971528 / 34.826 = -108.82 %

 Invested Capital (A: Dec. 2010 ) = Book Value of Debt + Book Value of Equity - Cash = Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation + Current Portion of Long-Term Debt + Minority Interest + Total Equity - Cash = 215.828 + 0 + 93.102 + -91.137 - 177.736 = 40.057

 Invested Capital (A: Dec. 2011 ) = Book Value of Debt + Book Value of Equity - Cash = Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation + Current Portion of Long-Term Debt + Minority Interest + Total Equity - Cash = 172.334 + 0 + 90.146 + -145.638 - 87.247 = 29.595

Primus Guaranty Ltd's annualized Return on Capital (ROC) for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2011 is calculated as:

 Return on Capital (ROC) (Q: Dec. 2011 ) = NOPAT / Average Invested Capital = Operating Income*(1-Tax Rate) / ( (Invested Capital (Q: Sep. 2011 ) + Invested Capital (Q: Dec. 2011 )) /2) = 401.956 * ( 1 - 0% ) / ( (-397.621 + 29.595) /2) = 401.956 / -184.013 = %

where

 Invested Capital (Q: {Q2}) = Book Value of Debt + Book Value of Equity - Cash = Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation + Current Portion of Long-Term Debt + Minority Interest + Total Equity - Cash = 191.511 + 0 + 90.146 + -243.065 - 436.213 = -397.621

 Invested Capital (Q: Dec. 2011 ) = Book Value of Debt + Book Value of Equity - Cash = Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation + Current Portion of Long-Term Debt + Minority Interest + Total Equity - Cash = 172.334 + 0 + 90.146 + -145.638 - 87.247 = 29.595

Note: The Operating Income data used here is four times the quarterly (Dec. 2011) operating income data.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Explanation

Return on Capital measures how well a company generates cash flow relative to the capital it has invested in its business. It is also called ROIC %. The reason book values of debt and equity are used is because the book values are the capital the company received when issuing the debt or receiving the equity investments.

There are four key components to this definition. The first is the use of operating income rather than net income in the numerator. The second is the tax adjustment to this operating income, computed as a hypothetical tax based on an effective or marginal tax rate. The third is the use of book values for invested capital, rather than market values. The final is the timing difference; the capital invested is from the end of the prior year whereas the operating income is the current year's number.

Why is Return on Capital important?

Because it costs money to raise capital. A firm that generates higher returns on investment than it costs the company to raise the capital needed for that investment is earning excess returns. A firm that expects to continue generating positive excess returns on new investments in the future will see its value increase as growth increases, whereas a firm that earns returns that do not match up to its cost of capital will destroy value as it grows.

As of today, Primus Guaranty Ltd's WACC % is 0.00%. Primus Guaranty Ltd's return on capital is {stock_data.stock.roic}}% (calculated using TTM income statement data). Primus Guaranty Ltd earns returns that do not match up to its cost of capital. It will destroy value as it grows.

Be Aware

Like ROE and ROA, ROC is calculated with only 12 months of data. Fluctuations in the company's earnings or business cycles can affect the ratio drastically. It is important to look at the ratio from a long term perspective.

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