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Did The Children's Place, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:PLCE) Recent Earnings Growth Beat The Trend?

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Assessing The Children's Place, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:PLCE) past track record of performance is a valuable exercise for investors. It enables us to reflect on whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a great indicator for future performance. Today I will assess PLCE's recent performance announced on 02 February 2019 and evaluate these figures to its longer term trend and industry movements.

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

PLCE's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 02 February 2019) of US$101m has jumped 19% 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 PLCE is growing has accelerated. What's the driver of this growth? Let's see if it is merely attributable to industry tailwinds, or if Children's Place has experienced some company-specific growth.

NasdaqGS:PLCE Income Statement, March 27th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Children's Place has invested its equity funds well leading to a 32% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 14% exceeds the US Specialty Retail industry of 7.0%, indicating Children's Place has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Children's Place’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 15% to 30%.

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? I suggest you continue to research Children's Place to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for PLCE’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for PLCE’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are PLCE’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 02 February 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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