Return on equity of enterprise (financial statistics)


Return on equity refers to the level of return to the owners (investors) and it represents their measure of profitability. The earnings figure is the after-tax profits, including a deduction for interest expense (payments to lenders). It is the net profit available to the owners (investors). The ratio indicates how many cents are returned to every dollar invested by the owners.

Enterprise (financial statistics) refers to the organizational unit of a business that directs and controls the allocation of resources relating to its domestic operations, and for which consolidated financial and balance sheet accounts are maintained from which international transactions, an international investment position and a consolidated financial position for the unit can be derived. It corresponds to the institutional unit as defined for the System of National Accounts. For the purpose of financial statistics, enterprises classified under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) to Management of Companies and Enterprises (NAICS 55) are excluded to avoid double counting of assets. These enterprises are typically holding companies whose most significant assets are investments in affiliated enterprises. As well, enterprises classified under NAICS 526 (Funds and other financial vehicles) are excluded.


  • Percentage expressing the net profit in proportion of the equity of the enterprises

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  • Return on equity of enterprise (financial statistics) May 11, 2016 to current

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