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Has Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI) Improved Earnings Growth In Recent Times?

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After looking at Analog Devices, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ADI) latest earnings announcement (04 May 2019), I found it useful to revisit the company's performance in the past couple of years and assess this against the most recent figures. As a long term investor, I pay close attention to earnings trend, rather than the figures published at one point in time. I also compare against an industry benchmark to check whether Analog Devices's performance has been impacted by industry movements. In this article I briefly touch on my key findings.

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Could ADI beat the long-term trend and outperform its industry?

ADI's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 04 May 2019) of US$1.5b has jumped 38% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 18%, indicating the rate at which ADI is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Let's take a look at whether it is only attributable to industry tailwinds, or if Analog Devices has seen some company-specific growth.

NasdaqGS:ADI Income Statement, July 16th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Analog Devices has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 13% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 8.0% is below the US Semiconductor industry of 8.0%, indicating Analog Devices's are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Analog Devices’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 15% to 9.3%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 19% to 51% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Analog Devices's track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn't tell the whole story. While Analog Devices 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 Analog Devices to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ADI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ADI’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are ADI’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 04 May 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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