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General Mills ROIC %

: 12.14% (As of May. 2019)
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Return on invested capital measures how well a company generates cash flow relative to the capital it has invested in its business. It is also called ROC %. General Mills's annualized return on invested capital (ROIC) for the quarter that ended in May. 2019 was 12.14%.

As of today, General Mills's WACC % is 5.88%. General Mills's return on invested capital is 10.70% (calculated using TTM income statement data). General Mills generates higher returns on investment than it costs the company to raise the capital needed for that investment. It 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.


General Mills ROIC % Historical Data

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

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General Mills Annual Data
May10 May11 May12 May13 May14 May15 May16 May17 May18 May19
ROIC % Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 11.99 13.66 14.45 14.25 10.72

General Mills Quarterly Data
Aug14 Nov14 Feb15 May15 Aug15 Nov15 Feb16 May16 Aug16 Nov16 Feb17 May17 Aug17 Nov17 Feb18 May18 Aug18 Nov18 Feb19 May19
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 12.19 8.50 10.51 11.32 12.14

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General Mills ROIC % Distribution

* The bar in red indicates where General Mills's ROIC % falls into.



General Mills ROIC % Calculation

General Mills's annualized Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) for the fiscal year that ended in May. 2019 is calculated as:

Return on Invested Capital(A: May. 2019 )
=NOPAT/Average Invested Capital
=Operating Income*(1-Tax Rate)/( (Invested Capital (A: May. 2018 ) + Invested Capital (A: May. 2019 ))/2)
=2821 * ( 1 - 17.67% )/( (21912 + 21407.7)/2)
=2322.5293/21659.85
=10.72 %

where

Invested Capital(A: May. 2018 )
=Book Value of Debt + Book Value of Equity - Cash
=Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation + Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation + Minority Interest + Total Stockholders Equity - Cash
=12668.7 + 3149.9 + 351.3 + 6141.1 - 399
=21912

Invested Capital(A: May. 2019 )
=Book Value of Debt + Book Value of Equity - Cash
=Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation + Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation + Minority Interest + Total Stockholders Equity - Cash
=11624.8 + 2865.2 + 313.2 + 7054.5 - 450
=21407.7

General Mills's annualized Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) for the quarter that ended in May. 2019 is calculated as:

Return on Invested Capital(Q: May. 2019 )
=NOPAT/Average Invested Capital
=Operating Income*(1-Tax Rate)/( (Invested Capital (Q: Feb. 2019 ) + Invested Capital (Q: May. 2019 ))/2)
=2872.4 * ( 1 - 8.88% )/( (21723.4 + 21407.7)/2)
=2617.33088/21565.55
=12.14 %

where

Invested Capital(Q: Feb. 2019 )
=Book Value of Debt + Book Value of Equity - Cash
=Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation + Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation + Minority Interest + Total Stockholders Equity - Cash
=11642.6 + 3378.5 + 319 + 6930.4 - 547.1
=21723.4

Invested Capital(Q: {Q1})
=Book Value of Debt + Book Value of Equity - Cash
=Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation + Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation + Minority Interest + Total Stockholders Equity - Cash
=11624.8 + 2865.2 + 313.2 + 7054.5 - 450
=21407.7

Note: The Operating Income data used here is four times the quarterly (May. 2019) data.

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


General Mills  (NYSE:GIS) ROIC % Explanation

Return on Invested Capital 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 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, General Mills's WACC % is 5.88%. General Mills's return on invested capital is 10.70% (calculated using TTM income statement data). General Mills generates higher returns on investment than it costs the company to raise the capital needed for that investment. It 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. General Mills 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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