Return on Capital and Length of Leases

In return on capital calculations, the formula is generally operating income (annual) divided by total capital invested, to form a return on capital.  This figure can be used for various things, such as determining whether a company is making good investments by comparing the return on capital to a cost of capital.  The total capital can also be adjusted to include operating leases, by calculating a present payment of all future expenses on an operating lease, as described by Damodaran.  However, this number is also easily altered by adjusting the length of operating leases, disconnected from the true value or returns of a company.

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