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Should You Be Concerned With Acadian Timber Corp.’s (TSE:ADN) -15% Earnings Drop?

Gavin Beck

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For long-term investors, assessing earnings trend over time and against industry benchmarks is more beneficial than examining a single earnings announcement at a point in time. Investors may find my commentary, albeit very high-level and brief, on Acadian Timber Corp. (TSE:ADN) useful as an attempt to give more color around how Acadian Timber is currently performing.

See our latest analysis for Acadian Timber

Commentary On ADN’s Past Performance

ADN’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of CA$26m has declined by -15% 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 5.8%, indicating the rate at which ADN is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s take a look at what’s transpiring with margins and if the whole industry is feeling the heat.

TSX:ADN Income Statement Export February 18th 19

In terms of returns from investment, Acadian Timber has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 9.0% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 6.1% is below the CA Forestry industry of 8.3%, indicating Acadian Timber’s are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Acadian Timber’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 5.8% to 4.4%.

What does this mean?

Though Acadian Timber’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. Companies that are profitable, but have unpredictable earnings, can have many factors influencing its business. I recommend you continue to research Acadian Timber to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ADN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ADN’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are ADN’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 December 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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