Return on assets (ROA)

Definition:

Indicator of profitability. Determined by dividing net income for the past 12 months by total average assets. Result is shown as a percentage. ROA can be decomposed into return on sales (net income/sales) multiplied by asset utilization (sales/assets).

Investing Essentials


Copyright © 2011 Campbell R. Harvey, Professor of Finance, Fuqua School of Business at Duke University

Term of the Day

Official settlements balance (overall balance)

An overall measurement of a country's private financial and economic transactions with the rest of the world.

Subscribe to the Term of the Day via email Get the Term of the Day in your inbox!


Create your free portfolio