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Should You Be Content With Comstock Holding Companies Inc’s (NASDAQ:CHCI) Earnings Growth?

Michael Canly

Understanding how Comstock Holding Companies Inc (NASDAQ:CHCI) is performing as a company requires looking at more than just a years’ earnings. Today I will run you through a basic sense check to gain perspective on how Comstock Holding Companies is doing by comparing its latest earnings with its long-term trend as well as the performance of its consumer durables industry peers. See our latest analysis for Comstock Holding Companies

Were CHCI’s earnings stronger than its past performances and the industry?

I look at the ‘latest twelve-month’ data, which either annualizes the most recent 6-month earnings update, or in some cases, the most recent annual report is already the latest available financial data. This enables me to examine various companies in a uniform manner using new information. For Comstock Holding Companies, its most recent earnings (trailing twelve month) is -$5.2M, which compared to last year’s level, has become less negative. Since these values may be fairly short-term thinking, I’ve created an annualized five-year figure for Comstock Holding Companies’s net income, which stands at -$4.9M. This suggests that, Comstock Holding Companies has historically performed better than recently, even though it seems like earnings are now heading back towards a more favorable position once more.

NasdaqCM:CHCI Income Statement Jan 3rd 18

We can further examine Comstock Holding Companies’s loss by looking at what has been happening in the industry as well as within the company. Initially, I want to quickly look into the line items. Revenue growth over the last few years has risen by 15.73%, implying that Comstock Holding Companies is in a high-growth phase with expenses racing ahead high top-line growth rates, leading to yearly losses. Looking at growth from a sector-level, the US consumer durables industry has been growing its average earnings by double-digit 11.28% in the past twelve months, and 14.86% over the past couple of years. This means while Comstock Holding Companies is currently loss-making, it may have gained from industry tailwinds, moving earnings into a more favorable position.

What does this mean?

Though Comstock Holding Companies’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. Companies that incur net loss is always difficult to predict what will happen in the future and when. The most useful step is to assess company-specific issues Comstock Holding Companies may be facing and whether management guidance has consistently been met in the past. I recommend you continue to research Comstock Holding Companies to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

1. Financial Health: Is CHCI’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. 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 September 2017. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.
To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.