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English translation: had never earned BACK the cost....

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English term or phrase:he had never earned cost of capital
English translation:had never earned BACK the cost....
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06:25 May 20, 2005
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Bus/Financial - Human Resources / High potentials, rising stars
English term or phrase: earned cost of capital
Drawn from the same article on HBR as the 2 previous questions. I know what "cost of capital" means, my problem is with the word "earn" in this context. TIA

Context:
A financial performance history for the candidate's division was not included and not publicly available, so a member of the search committee began to dig. He discovered that return on assets under the candidate's supervision was miniscule over the previous five years, even though his division was four times larger than the entire company considering him for CEO. Furthermore, this man had never *** earned cost of capital *** in his life. Even so, the recruiter wanted to put him in charge of a business that had certainly done so - and that hoped to rise to the next level.
Maurizio Valente
Italy
under his supervision, the companies had never earned BACK the cost....
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4 +4under his supervision, the companies had never earned BACK the cost....
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under his supervision, the companies had never earned BACK the cost....


Explanation:
HTH

bigedsenior
Local time: 05:14
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Steffen Pollex: In other words: the businesses he was responsible for have never ever reached break-even or made profit
54 mins
  -> Correct Steffen and thanks.

agree  Robert Donahue
4 hrs
  -> thanks, Robert

agree  Saleh Chowdhury, Ph.D.
7 hrs
  -> thanks, Saleh

agree  xxxAlfa Trans
1 day10 hrs
  -> thanks again, Marju
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