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Understanding how Core Molding Technologies Inc (AMEX:CMT) 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 Core Molding Technologies is doing by comparing its latest earnings with its long-term trend as well as the performance of its chemicals industry peers. See our latest analysis for Core Molding Technologies
Despite a decline, did CMT underperform the long-term trend and the industry?
I use the ‘latest twelve-month’ data, which annualizes the latest 6-month earnings release, or some times, the latest annual report is already the most recent financial data. This technique allows me to examine many different companies in a uniform manner using the most relevant data points. For Core Molding Technologies, its most recent trailing-twelve-month earnings is US$6.74M, which, in comparison to the prior year’s level, has declined by -12.63%. Given that these figures may be fairly short-term thinking, I’ve determined an annualized five-year value for CMT’s earnings, which stands at US$8.72M This doesn’t look much better, since earnings seem to have consistently been deteriorating over the longer term.
What could be happening here? Let’s examine what’s going on with margins and whether the whole industry is experiencing the hit as well. Revenue growth over the past few years, has been positive, however, earnings growth has failed to keep up meaning Core Molding Technologies has been increasing its expenses by a lot more. This harms margins and earnings, and is not a sustainable practice. Eyeballing growth from a sector-level, the US chemicals industry has been growing its average earnings by double-digit 16.03% over the prior twelve months, and a less exciting 5.80% over the past half a decade. This means that whatever uplift the industry is deriving benefit from, Core Molding Technologies has not been able to realize the gains unlike its industry peers.
What does this mean?
Core Molding Technologies’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Typically companies that endure an extended period of diminishing earnings are undergoing some sort of reinvestment phase in order to keep up with the recent industry disruption and growth. I recommend you continue to research Core Molding Technologies to get a better picture of the stock by looking at the areas below. Just a heads up – to access some parts of the Simply Wall St research tool you might be asked to create a free account, but it takes just one click and the information they provide is definitely worth it in my opinion.
1. Financial Health: Is CMT’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why Simply Wall St does it for you. Check out important financial health checks here.
2. Valuation: What is CMT worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in this free research report helps visualize whether CMT is currently mispriced by the market.
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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.