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Applied Materials, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AMAT) Earnings Grew 10.0%, Did It Beat Long-Term Trend?

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Measuring Applied Materials, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AMAT) track record of past performance is an insightful exercise for investors. It enables us to reflect on whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a powerful signal for future performance. Below, I will assess AMAT's recent performance announced on 28 April 2019 and compare these figures to its historical trend and industry movements.

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How Well Did AMAT Perform?

AMAT's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 28 April 2019) of US$3.5b has increased by 10.0% 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 29%, indicating the rate at which AMAT is growing has slowed down. To understand what's happening, let’s take a look at what’s transpiring with margins and if the entire industry is experiencing the hit as well.

NasdaqGS:AMAT Income Statement, July 1st 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Applied Materials has invested its equity funds well leading to a 42% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 19% exceeds the US Semiconductor industry of 8.0%, indicating Applied Materials has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Applied Materials’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 16% to 26%.

What does this mean?

Though Applied Materials's past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. While Applied Materials 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 Applied Materials to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for AMAT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for AMAT’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are AMAT’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 28 April 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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