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Does The Gorman-Rupp Company's (NYSE:GRC) 21% Earnings Growth Make It An Outperformer?

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Measuring The Gorman-Rupp Company's (NYSE:GRC) track record of past performance is a useful exercise for investors. It enables us to understand whether or not the company has met or exceed expectations, which is an insightful signal for future performance. Today I will assess GRC's recent performance announced on 31 March 2019 and weigh these figures against its long-term trend and industry movements.

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How Well Did GRC Perform?

GRC's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of US$38m has jumped 21% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 0.7%, indicating the rate at which GRC is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Let's take a look at if it is merely owing to an industry uplift, or if Gorman-Rupp has experienced some company-specific growth.

NYSE:GRC Income Statement, June 20th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Gorman-Rupp has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 13% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 10% exceeds the US Machinery industry of 7.6%, indicating Gorman-Rupp has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Gorman-Rupp’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 11% to 14%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 2.0% to 0.09% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Gorman-Rupp'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 suggest you continue to research Gorman-Rupp to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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

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