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Does Barings Participation Investors’s (MPV) 137.6% Earnings Growth Make It An Outperformer?

Ben Rossbaum

Understanding Barings Participation Investors’s (NYSE:MPV) performance as a company requires examining more than earnings from one point in time. Today I will take you through a basic sense check to gain perspective on how Barings Participation Investors is doing by evaluating its latest earnings with its longer term trend as well as its industry peers’ performance over the same period. See our latest analysis for MPV

Were MPV’s earnings stronger than its past performances and the industry?

I use the ‘latest twelve-month’ data, which annualizes the latest 6-month earnings release, or some times, the latest annual report is already the most recent financial data. This allows me to assess different stocks on a more comparable basis, using the most relevant data points. Barings Participation Investors’s most recent twelve-month earnings is $16M, which, in comparison to the prior year’s figure, has rocketed up by more than double. Since these figures are fairly myopic, I’ve calculated an annualized five-year figure for Barings Participation Investors’s net income, which stands at $14M. This means on average, Barings Participation Investors has been able to increasingly improve its earnings over the last couple of years as well.

NYSE:MPV Income Statement Nov 14th 17

What’s the driver of this growth? Let’s see whether it is only attributable to industry tailwinds, or if Barings Participation Investors has experienced some company-specific growth. Even though both top-line and bottom-line growth rates in the past couple of years, were, on average, negative, earnings were more so. While this has caused a margin contraction, it has moderated Barings Participation Investors’s earnings contraction. Looking at growth from a sector-level, the US capital markets industry has been growing its average earnings by double-digit 18.45% over the prior year, and 10.78% over the past five. This means that any tailwind the industry is benefiting from, Barings Participation Investors is able to amplify this to its advantage.

What does this mean?

Though Barings Participation Investors’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. Companies that have performed well in the past, such as Barings Participation Investors gives investors conviction. However, the next step would be to assess whether the future looks as optimistic. You should continue to research Barings Participation Investors to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

1. Financial Health: Is MPV’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.

2. Valuation: What is MPV worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether MPV is currently mispriced by the market.

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 last twelve months, which refer to the 12-month period ending on the last date of the month the financial statement is dated. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.
To help readers see pass 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.