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Does Columbus McKinnon Corporation’s (NASDAQ:CMCO) Past Performance Indicate A Stronger Future?

Mary Ramos

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Investors with a long-term horizong may find it valuable to assess Columbus McKinnon Corporation’s (NASDAQ:CMCO) earnings trend over time and against its industry benchmark as opposed to simply looking at a sincle earnings announcement at one point in time. Below is my commentary, albiet very simple and high-level, on how Columbus McKinnon is currently performing.

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How Well Did CMCO Perform?

CMCO’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 September 2018) of US$22m has increased by 8.0% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of -29%, indicating the rate at which CMCO is growing has accelerated. What’s the driver of this growth? Let’s see if it is merely a result of an industry uplift, or if Columbus McKinnon has experienced some company-specific growth.

NASDAQGS:CMCO Income Statement Export February 1st 19

In terms of returns from investment, Columbus McKinnon has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 5.1% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 3.6% is below the US Machinery industry of 7.0%, indicating Columbus McKinnon’s are utilized less efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Columbus McKinnon’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 8.1% to 9.8%.

What does this mean?

Though Columbus McKinnon’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. Recent positive growth isn’t always indicative of a continued optimistic outlook. There may be variables that are influencing the industry as a whole, hence the high industry growth rate over the same time frame. I recommend you continue to research Columbus McKinnon to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CMCO’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CMCO’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are CMCO’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 30 September 2018. 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.