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Did Permian Basin Royalty Trust’s (NYSE:PBT) Recent Earnings Growth Beat The Trend?

Scott Perkins

For investors, increase in profitability and industry-beating performance can be essential considerations in an investment. Below, I will examine Permian Basin Royalty Trust’s (NYSE:PBT) track record on a high level, to give you some insight into how the company has been performing against its long term trend and its industry peers. Check out our latest analysis for Permian Basin Royalty Trust

Did PBT beat its long-term earnings growth trend and its industry?

For the most up-to-date info, I use data from the most recent 12 months, which annualizes the most recent half-year data, or in some cases, the latest annual report is already the most recent financial year data. This method enables me to assess different stocks on a more comparable basis, using new information. For Permian Basin Royalty Trust, its latest trailing-twelve-month earnings is US$29.20M, which, against the prior year’s level, has climbed up by an impressive 93.80%. Given that these figures may be somewhat short-term thinking, I have estimated an annualized five-year figure for Permian Basin Royalty Trust’s earnings, which stands at US$40.88M This means while earnings growth from last year was positive, over time, Permian Basin Royalty Trust’s earnings have been falling on average.

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Why could this be happening? Well, let’s take a look at what’s transpiring with margins and whether the whole industry is experiencing the hit as well. Although revenue growth in the last few years, has been negative, earnings growth has been falling by even more, suggesting that Permian Basin Royalty Trust has been growing its expenses. This hurts margins and earnings, and is not a sustainable practice. Scanning growth from a sector-level, the US oil and gas industry has been growing its average earnings by double-digit 21.26% in the previous twelve months, . This is a turnaround from a volatile drop of -8.05% in the previous couple of years. This shows that, in the recent industry expansion, Permian Basin Royalty Trust is able to leverage this to its advantage.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Recent positive growth doesn’t necessarily mean it’s onwards and upwards for the company. There could be variables that are influencing the entire industry hence the high industry growth rate over the same time period. You should continue to research Permian Basin Royalty Trust 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 PBT’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 PBT 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 PBT 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.
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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.