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Baby Bunting Group Limited's (ASX:BBN) Earnings Grew 43%, Did It Beat Long-Term Trend?

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Assessing Baby Bunting Group Limited's (ASX:BBN) past track record of performance is a valuable exercise for investors. It enables us to reflect on whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a great indicator for future performance. Today I will assess BBN's recent performance announced on 30 June 2019 and evaluate these figures to its longer term trend and industry movements.

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Were BBN's earnings stronger than its past performances and the industry?

BBN's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 June 2019) of AU$12m has jumped 43% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 15%, indicating the rate at which BBN is growing has accelerated. What's the driver of this growth? Well, let’s take a look at whether it is merely a result of industry tailwinds, or if Baby Bunting Group has seen some company-specific growth.

ASX:BBN Income Statement, October 9th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Baby Bunting Group has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 13% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 8.2% exceeds the AU Specialty Retail industry of 7.8%, indicating Baby Bunting Group has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Baby Bunting Group’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 16% to 19%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 13% to 3.2% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Though Baby Bunting Group's past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. While Baby Bunting Group 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 Baby Bunting Group to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Financial Health: Are BBN’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.
  2. Valuation: What is BBN worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether BBN is currently mispriced by the market.
  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 30 June 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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