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Was Compumedics Limited's (ASX:CMP) Earnings Growth Better Than The Industry's?

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For investors with a long-term horizon, examining earnings trend over time and against industry peers is more insightful than looking at an earnings announcement in one point in time. Investors may find my commentary, albeit very high-level and brief, on Compumedics Limited (ASX:CMP) useful as an attempt to give more color around how Compumedics is currently performing.

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How CMP fared against its long-term earnings performance and its industry

CMP's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 June 2019) of AU$4.0m has jumped 44% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 14%, indicating the rate at which CMP is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Let's see whether it is only a result of an industry uplift, or if Compumedics has seen some company-specific growth.

ASX:CMP Income Statement, October 4th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Compumedics has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 15% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 11% exceeds the AU Medical Equipment industry of 10%, indicating Compumedics has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Compumedics’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 21% to 19%.

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? You should continue to research Compumedics to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CMP’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CMP’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are CMP’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 30 June 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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