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Did Ducommun Incorporated's (NYSE:DCO) Recent Earnings Growth Beat The Trend?

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For investors with a long-term horizon, assessing earnings trend over time and against industry benchmarks is more valuable than looking at a single earnings announcement in one point in time. Investors may find my commentary, albeit very high-level and brief, on Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE:DCO) useful as an attempt to give more color around how Ducommun is currently performing.

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Could DCO beat the long-term trend and outperform its industry?

DCO's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 28 September 2019) of US$24m has jumped 36% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 30%, indicating the rate at which DCO is growing has accelerated. What's enabled this growth? Well, let’s take a look at whether it is solely owing to industry tailwinds, or if Ducommun has experienced some company-specific growth.

NYSE:DCO Income Statement, November 4th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Ducommun has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 8.5% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 6.0% is below the US Aerospace & Defense industry of 6.2%, indicating Ducommun's are utilized less efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Ducommun’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 5.4% to 9.6%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 120% to 79% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Ducommun'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 Ducommun to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for DCO’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for DCO’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are DCO’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 28 September 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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