Ratios for FNST
guinea pig
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Good morning all,
I'm finding it confusing that there are several ways to calculate some of the ratios;
Gearing can be either;
total debt ÷ total debt + equity, x 100, or,
long term debt ÷ long term debt + equity, x 100
ROCE return on capital employed can be;
Operating profit ÷ capital employed, x 100, or
Profit after tax ÷ shareholders funds, x 100 (technically return on shareholders funds)
Anyone find this is a problem in an exam? or am I overthinking?
GP
I'm finding it confusing that there are several ways to calculate some of the ratios;
Gearing can be either;
total debt ÷ total debt + equity, x 100, or,
long term debt ÷ long term debt + equity, x 100
ROCE return on capital employed can be;
Operating profit ÷ capital employed, x 100, or
Profit after tax ÷ shareholders funds, x 100 (technically return on shareholders funds)
Anyone find this is a problem in an exam? or am I overthinking?
GP
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I would of thought in the exam it would tell you how Gearing / ROCE is calculated, however if it isn't just show how you have calculated it and apply the same to each company so a valid analysis can be made. The stock way I would calculate these would be:
Gearing:
Debt / Captial Employed (Debt = Long Term Liabilities, Cap Employed = Equity + Long Term Liabilities)
ROCE:
Operating Profit / Capital Employed (Op. Profit = Profit Before Interest & Tax)0 
Hi,
According to my notes from FNST (BPP bks) its:
ROCE
profit from op / (equity + noncurrent liab) * 100 = ?%
Gearing
Noncurrent loan / (equity +.noncurrent liab) = ?times
Hope this helps!0 
The gearing ration can be either total debt or long term debt but the exam is clear about which one to use. ROCE is operating profit over capital employed.
Nicola0 
Many thanks, for your helpful replies,
Have a good weekend all,
GP0