After reading Bonvests Holdings Limited's (SGX:B28) most recent earnings announcement (31 December 2018), I found it useful to look back at how the company has performed in the past and compare this against the latest numbers. As a long term investor, I pay close attention to earnings trend, rather than the figures published at one point in time. I also compare against an industry benchmark to check whether Bonvests Holdings's performance has been impacted by industry movements. In this article I briefly touch on my key findings.
Was B28's recent earnings decline indicative of a tough track record?
B28's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of S$12m has declined by -8.0% compared to the previous year.
Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has been lower than its average earnings growth rate over the past 5 years of -20%, indicating the rate at which B28 is growing has slowed down. Why is this? Well, let’s take a look at what’s going on with margins and whether the whole industry is facing the same headwind.
In terms of returns from investment, Bonvests Holdings has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 1.4% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 1.5% is below the SG Industrials industry of 2.4%, indicating Bonvests Holdings's are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Bonvests Holdings’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 3.7% to 2.4%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 15% to 36% over the past 5 years.
What does this mean?
Bonvests Holdings's track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn't tell the whole story. Typically companies that face a drawn out period of decline in earnings are undergoing some sort of reinvestment phase Though if the entire industry is struggling to grow over time, it may be a sign of a structural shift, which makes Bonvests Holdings and its peers a riskier investment. I suggest you continue to research Bonvests Holdings to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for B28’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for B28’s outlook.
- Financial Health: Are B28’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.
- 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 31 December 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.
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