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Should Balchem Corporation's (NASDAQ:BCPC) Recent Earnings Decline Worry You?

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For long term investors, improvement in profitability and outperformance against the industry can be important characteristics in a stock. In this article, I will take a look at Balchem Corporation's (NASDAQ:BCPC) 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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Did BCPC perform worse than its track record and industry?

BCPC's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of US$78m has declined by -17% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has been lower than its average earnings growth rate over the past 5 years of 14%, indicating the rate at which BCPC is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s take a look at what’s going on with margins and if the whole industry is feeling the heat.

NasdaqGS:BCPC Income Statement, May 17th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Balchem has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 11% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 8.8% exceeds the US Chemicals industry of 7.1%, indicating Balchem has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Balchem’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 10% to 12%.

What does this mean?

Balchem's track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn't tell the whole story. Companies that are profitable, but have capricious earnings, can have many factors influencing its business. I suggest you continue to research Balchem to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BCPC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BCPC’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are BCPC’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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