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December 14, 2022

Capital Allocation

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December 14, 2022

Capital Allocation


Consilient Observer

Capital Allocation

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December 14, 2022

 
 

Results, Analysis, and Assessment

  • Capital allocation is an essential part of creating value and is one of management’s prime responsibilities. Not all senior executives know how to allocate capital effectively.
  • We establish a foundation by reviewing the sources and uses of capital and then show how companies in the Russell 3000 Index have allocated capital since 1985.
  • We review capital allocation alternatives in detail, including a novel discussion of intangible investments, and offer a guide for thinking about the prospects for value creation.
  • We finish with a framework for assessing a company's capital allocation skills, which includes looking at past behavior, calculating return on invested capital, an evaluation of incentives, and five principles of effective capital allocation.
 
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DEFINITIONS

Return On Invested Capital (ROIC) represents the rate of return a company makes on the cash it invests in its business.

The Russell 3000® Index measures the performance of the largest 3,000 U.S. companies representing approximately 98% of the investable U.S. equity market. The Russell 3000 Index is constructed to provide a comprehensive, unbiased and stable barometer of the broad market and is completely reconstituted annually to ensure new and growing equities are reflected.

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