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Does Five Below, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:FIVE) Past Performance Indicate A Stronger Future?

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Examining Five Below, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:FIVE) 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 FIVE's latest performance announced on 02 February 2019 and weigh these figures against its longer term trend and industry movements.

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Commentary On FIVE's Past Performance

FIVE's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 02 February 2019) of US$150m has jumped 46% 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 FIVE 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 Five Below has seen some company-specific growth.

NasdaqGS:FIVE Income Statement, June 6th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Five Below has invested its equity funds well leading to a 24% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 15% exceeds the US Specialty Retail industry of 5.5%, indicating Five Below has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Five Below’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 32% to 27%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it 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 Five Below to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for FIVE’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for FIVE’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are FIVE’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 02 February 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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