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With 28% Earnings Growth, Did Meritage Homes Corporation (NYSE:MTH) Outperform The Industry?

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Measuring Meritage Homes Corporation's (NYSE:MTH) track record of past performance is a valuable exercise for investors. It allows us to understand whether or not the company has met or exceed expectations, which is an insightful signal for future performance. Today I will assess MTH's recent performance announced on 31 March 2019 and compare these figures to its historical trend and industry movements.

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How MTH fared against its long-term earnings performance and its industry

MTH's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of US$209m has jumped 28% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 8.8%, indicating the rate at which MTH is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Well, let’s take a look at if it is merely owing to industry tailwinds, or if Meritage Homes has experienced some company-specific growth.

NYSE:MTH Income Statement, May 7th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Meritage Homes has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 12% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 6.3% is below the US Consumer Durables industry of 7.0%, indicating Meritage Homes's are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Meritage Homes’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 9.0% to 8.8%.

What does this mean?

Meritage Homes's track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn't tell the whole story. While Meritage Homes has a good historical track record with positive growth and profitability, there's no certainty that this will extrapolate into the future. I recommend you continue to research Meritage Homes to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for MTH’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MTH’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are MTH’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.
  3. 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 March 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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