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Does Educational Development Corporation’s (NASDAQ:EDUC) Recent Track Record Look Strong?

After reading Educational Development Corporation’s (NASDAQ:EDUC) most recent earnings announcement (31 August 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 tend to focus on earnings trend, rather than a single number at one point in time. Also, comparing it against an industry benchmark to understand whether it outperformed, or is simply riding an industry wave, is a crucial aspect. Below is a brief commentary on my key takeaways.

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How EDUC fared against its long-term earnings performance and its industry

EDUC’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 August 2018) of US$6.3m has jumped 50% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 49%, indicating the rate at which EDUC is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Well, let’s take a look at if it is only because of industry tailwinds, or if Educational Development has experienced some company-specific growth.

NasdaqGM:EDUC Income Statement Export December 17th 18

In terms of returns from investment, Educational Development has invested its equity funds well leading to a 27% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 11% exceeds the US Retail Distributors industry of 7.0%, indicating Educational Development has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Educational Development’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 20% to 19%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 9.6% to 97% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Educational Development’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Positive growth and profitability are what investors like to see in a company’s track record, but how do we properly assess sustainability? I recommend you continue to research Educational Development to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for EDUC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for EDUC’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are EDUC’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 August 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.