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Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV) ROIC %

: -4.44% (As of Dec. 2023)
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ROIC % measures how well a company generates cash flow relative to the capital it has invested in its business. It is also called ROC %. Southwest Airlines Co's annualized return on invested capital (ROIC %) for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2023 was -4.44%.

As of today (2024-04-13), Southwest Airlines Co's WACC % is 8.28%. Southwest Airlines Co's ROIC % is 0.54% (calculated using TTM income statement data). Southwest Airlines Co earns returns that do not match up to its cost of capital. It will destroy value as it grows.


Southwest Airlines Co ROIC % Historical Data

The historical data trend for Southwest Airlines Co's ROIC % can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

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Southwest Airlines Co Annual Data
Trend Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19 Dec20 Dec21 Dec22 Dec23
ROIC %
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 8.53 -10.53 4.96 2.77 0.54

Southwest Airlines Co Quarterly Data
Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21 Sep21 Dec21 Mar22 Jun22 Sep22 Dec22 Mar23 Jun23 Sep23 Dec23
ROIC % Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only -4.22 -3.00 8.01 1.21 -4.44

Competitive Comparison

For the Airlines subindustry, Southwest Airlines Co's ROIC %, along with its competitors' market caps and ROIC % data, can be viewed below:

* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap. Note that "N/A" values will not show up in the chart.


Southwest Airlines Co ROIC % Distribution

For the Transportation industry and Industrials sector, Southwest Airlines Co's ROIC % distribution charts can be found below:

* The bar in red indicates where Southwest Airlines Co's ROIC % falls into.



Southwest Airlines Co ROIC % Calculation

Southwest Airlines Co's annualized Return on Invested Capital (ROIC %) for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2023 is calculated as:

ROIC % (A: Dec. 2023 )
=NOPAT/Average Invested Capital
=Operating Income * ( 1 - Tax Rate % )/( (Invested Capital (A: Dec. 2022 ) + Invested Capital (A: Dec. 2023 ))/ count )
=224 * ( 1 - 26.54% )/( (28653 + 32205)/ 2 )
=164.5504/30429
=0.54 %

where

Southwest Airlines Co's annualized Return on Invested Capital (ROIC %) for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2023 is calculated as:

ROIC % (Q: Dec. 2023 )
=NOPAT/Average Invested Capital
=Operating Income * ( 1 - Tax Rate % )/( (Invested Capital (Q: Sep. 2023 ) + Invested Capital (Q: Dec. 2023 ))/ count )
=-1616 * ( 1 - 11.89% )/( (31991 + 32205)/ 2 )
=-1423.8576/32098
=-4.44 %

where

Note: The Operating Income data used here is four times the quarterly (Dec. 2023) data.

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


Southwest Airlines Co  (NYSE:LUV) ROIC % Explanation

ROIC % measures how well a company generates cash flow relative to the capital it has invested in its business. It is also called ROC %. 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 or EBIT rather than net income in the numerator. The second is the tax adjustment to this operating income or EBIT, 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 or EBIT is the current year's number.

Why is ROIC % 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, Southwest Airlines Co's WACC % is 8.28%. Southwest Airlines Co's ROIC % is 0.54% (calculated using TTM income statement data).


Be Aware

Like ROE % and ROA %, ROIC % 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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Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV) Business Description

Address
P.O. Box 36611, Dallas, TX, USA, 75235-1611
Southwest Airlines is the largest domestic air carrier in the United States by passengers boarded. Southwest operates over 700 aircraft in an all-Boeing 737 fleet. Despite offering some longer routes and a few perks for business travelers, the airline predominantly specializes in short-haul, leisure flights, using a point-to-point network. Southwest operates a low-cost carrier business model.
Executives
Roy Blunt director 2702 LOVE FIELD DRIVE, HDQ 4GC, DALLAS TX 75235
Elaine Mendoza director 2223 POSTOAK COURT, SAN ANTONIO TX 78248
Eduardo F Conrado director 1303 E. ALGONQUIN ROAD, SCHAUMBURG IL 60196
Ryan C. Green officer: EVP, Chief Commercial Officer 2702 LOVE FIELD DRIVE, HDQ 4GC, DALLAS TX 75235
Jill A. Soltau director 123 SOUTH FRONT STREET, MEMPHIS TN 38103
John T Montford director C/O SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO, 2702 LOVE FIELD DR PO BOX 36611, DALLAS TX 75235-1611
Christopher P. Reynolds director 2702 LOVE FIELD DRIVE, HDQ 4GC, DALLAS TX 75235
David P Hess director 390 PARK AVENUE, NEW YORK NY 10022
Thomas W. Gilligan director C/O KB HOME, 10990 WILSHIRE BOULEVARD, 7TH FLOOR, LOS ANGELES CA 90024
Linda B. Rutherford officer: EVP People and Communications 2702 LOVE FIELD DRIVE, HDQ 4GC, DALLAS TX 75235
Robert E Jordan officer: EVP - Strategy and Planning C/O SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO., 2702 LOVE FIELD DRIVE, DALLAS TX 75235
Gregory D Wells officer: EVP, Daily Operations 2702 LOVE FIELD DRIVE, HDQ 4GC, DALLAS TX 75235
Alan Kasher officer: EVP Daily Operations 2702 LOVE FIELD DRIVE, HDQ 4GC, DALLAS TX 75235
Mark R Shaw officer: SVP,Gen Counsel,Corp.Secretary 2702 LOVE FIELD DRIVE, HDQ 4GC, DALLAS TX 75235
Tammy Romo officer: SR VP Finance & CFO C/O SOUTHWEST AIRINES CO., 2702 LOVE FIELD DR., DALLAS TX 75235

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