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Was Cotiviti Holdings Inc’s (NYSE:COTV) Earnings Growth Better Than The Industry’s?

Ajay Mannan

When Cotiviti Holdings Inc (NYSE:COTV) announced its most recent earnings (31 March 2018), I did two things: looked at its past earnings track record, then look at what is happening in the industry. Understanding how Cotiviti Holdings performed requires a benchmark rather than trying to assess a standalone number at one point in time. Below is a quick commentary on how I see COTV has performed. View out our latest analysis for Cotiviti Holdings

Commentary On COTV’s Past Performance

COTV’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2018) of US$165.16m has more than doubled from US$48.85m in the prior year. Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 66.26%, indicating the rate at which COTV is growing has accelerated. What’s the driver of this growth? Well, let’s take a look at if it is only because of an industry uplift, or if Cotiviti Holdings has experienced some company-specific growth.

In the past couple of years, Cotiviti Holdings grew its bottom line faster than revenue by successfully controlling its costs. This has led to a margin expansion and profitability over time. Inspecting growth from a sector-level, the US healthcare services industry has been growing its average earnings by double-digit 24.46% in the prior twelve months, and 16.52% over the previous five years. This suggests that whatever uplift the industry is deriving benefit from, Cotiviti Holdings is capable of amplifying this to its advantage.

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In terms of returns from investment, Cotiviti Holdings has not invested its equity funds well, leading to a 14.11% return on equity (ROE), below the sensible minimum of 20%. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 9.51% exceeds the US Healthcare Services industry of 6.70%, indicating Cotiviti Holdings has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Cotiviti Holdings’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 2.80% to 8.69%.

What does this mean?

Cotiviti Holdings’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly 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 Cotiviti Holdings to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for COTV’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for COTV’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Is COTV’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 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.
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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.