Return On Average Assets (ROAA)

Return On Average Assets (ROAA) is an indicator used to assess the profitability of a firm's assets. In other words, the ROAA indicates what a company can do with what it possesses. 

ROAA - Return On Average Assets

Return On Average Assets (ROAA) is an indicator used to assess the profitability of a firm's assets. In other words, the ROAA indicates what a company can do with what it possesses.  As Return On Average Assets is calculated at the end of a period (quarter, fiscal year, etc.), it does not reflect all of the highs/lows but is merely an average of the period.  It is most often used by financial institutions as a means to gauge their performance.


ROAA Formula

The Return On Average Assets formula uses the net income divided by average total assets. The result is expressed as a percentage of the total average assets.

Return On Average Assets Interpretation 

As ROAA is calculated at the end of a period (quarter, fiscal year, etc.), it does not reflect all of the highs/lows but is merely an average of the period.  It is most often used by financial institutions as a means to gauge their performance.

The ROAA allows a business owner to evaluate the benefits associated with holding those assets, and decide if the returns are sufficient to merit continuing to hold onto them. 

For investors, the Return On Average Assets is useful in assessing the financial strength and efficiency of a company in use of its assets.  A lower ROAA reflects an asset-intensive company, requiring a large amount of money reinvested into it to continue generating earnings.

 

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