For investors with a long-term horizon, assessing earnings trend over time and against industry benchmarks is more valuable than looking at a single earnings announcement in one point in time. Investors may find my commentary, albeit very high-level and brief, on Boule Diagnostics AB (publ) (STO:BOUL) useful as an attempt to give more color around how Boule Diagnostics is currently performing.
How Did BOUL’s Recent Performance Stack Up Against Its Past?
BOUL’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of kr41m has jumped 10% compared to the previous year.
However, this one-year growth rate has been lower than its average earnings growth rate over the past 5 years of 48%, indicating the rate at which BOUL is growing has slowed down. To understand what’s happening, let’s look at what’s going on with margins and if the whole industry is facing the same headwind.
In terms of returns from investment, Boule Diagnostics has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 14% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 8.2% exceeds the SE Medical Equipment industry of 6.3%, indicating Boule Diagnostics has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Boule Diagnostics’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 10% to 17%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 36% to 25% over the past 5 years.
What does this mean?
Though Boule Diagnostics’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. Positive growth and profitability are what investors like to see in a company’s track record, but how do we properly assess sustainability? You should continue to research Boule Diagnostics to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BOUL’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BOUL’s outlook.
- Financial Health: Are BOUL’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
- Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.
NB: Figures in this article are calculated using data from the trailing twelve months from 31 December 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.
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