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How Has ALLETE, Inc.’s (NYSE:ALE) Earnings Fared Against The Long Term Trend

Pam Parks

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Improvement in profitability and outperformance against the industry can be important characteristics in a stock for some investors. Below, I will assess ALLETE, Inc.’s (NYSE:ALE) track record on a high level, to give you some insight into how the company has been performing against its historical trend and its industry peers.

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Have ALE’s earnings improved against past performances and the industry?

ALE’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of US$174m has increased by 1.1% 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 9.3%, indicating the rate at which ALE is growing has slowed down. Why could this be happening? Well, let’s take a look at what’s going on with margins and whether the whole industry is feeling the heat.

NYSE:ALE Income Statement Export February 20th 19

In terms of returns from investment, ALLETE has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 8.1% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 4.7% exceeds the US Electric Utilities industry of 4.2%, indicating ALLETE has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for ALLETE’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 5.4% to 4.4%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Positive growth and profitability are what investors like to see in a company’s track record, but how do we properly assess sustainability? I recommend you continue to research ALLETE to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ALE’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ALE’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are ALE’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 December 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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