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Does Carnival plc's (LON:CCL) 5.7% Earnings Growth Reflect The Long-Term Trend?

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Examining Carnival plc's (LON:CCL) past track record of performance is a valuable exercise for investors. It enables us to understand whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a powerful signal for future performance. Below, I will assess CCL's latest performance announced on 31 May 2019 and weigh these figures against its longer term trend and industry movements.

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Did CCL's recent earnings growth beat the long-term trend and the industry?

CCL's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 May 2019) of US$3.0b has increased by 5.7% 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 20%, indicating the rate at which CCL is growing has slowed down. To understand what's happening, let’s take a look at what’s occurring with margins and if the whole industry is experiencing the hit as well.

LSE:CCL Income Statement, July 18th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Carnival has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 12% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 7.1% exceeds the GB Hospitality industry of 5.3%, indicating Carnival has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Carnival’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 7.7% to 9.5%.

What does this mean?

Carnival's track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn't tell the whole story. While Carnival 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 Carnival to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CCL’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CCL’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are CCL’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 31 May 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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