Thursday, 11 October 2012

Growth can either ADD or DETRACT from an investment's value/

Growth in sales, earnings, and assets can either add or detract from an investment's value.

Growth can add to the value when the return on invested capital is above average, thereby assuring that when a dollar is being invested in the company, at least a dollar of market value is being created.

However, growth for a business earning low returns on capital can be detrimental to shareholders.  For example, the airline business has been a story of incredible growth, but its inability to earn decent returns on capital have left most owners of these companies in a poor position.

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