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Did Diamond Hill Investment Group Inc’s (NASDAQ:DHIL) Recent Earnings Growth Beat The Trend?

For investors with a long-term horizon, examining earnings trend over time and against industry peers is more insightful than looking at an earnings announcement in one point in time. Investors may find my commentary, albeit very high-level and brief, on Diamond Hill Investment Group Inc (NASDAQ:DHIL) useful as an attempt to give more color around how Diamond Hill Investment Group is currently performing.

See our latest analysis for Diamond Hill Investment Group

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

DHIL’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 September 2018) of US$54m has increased by 5.3% compared to the previous year.

However, this one-year growth rate has been lower than its average earnings growth rate over the past 5 years of 18%, indicating the rate at which DHIL is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s take a look at what’s occurring with margins and if the entire industry is facing the same headwind.

NasdaqGS:DHIL Income Statement Export December 3rd 18

In terms of returns from investment, Diamond Hill Investment Group has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 20% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 12% exceeds the US Capital Markets industry of 3.7%, indicating Diamond Hill Investment Group has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Diamond Hill Investment Group’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 51% to 23%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. While Diamond Hill Investment Group has a good historical track record with positive growth and profitability, there’s no certainty that this will extrapolate into the future. You should continue to research Diamond Hill Investment Group to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for DHIL’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for DHIL’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are DHIL’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 30 September 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

To help readers see past 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.