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Does Henry Schein, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:HSIC) 31% Earnings Growth Reflect The Long-Term Trend?

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Analyzing Henry Schein, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:HSIC) track record of past performance is a valuable exercise for investors. It enables us to reflect on whether or not the company has met expectations, which is a powerful signal for future performance. Today I will assess HSIC's recent performance announced on 29 December 2018 and compare these figures to its long-term trend and industry movements.

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Commentary On HSIC's Past Performance

HSIC's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 29 December 2018) of US$536m has jumped 31% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 0.6%, indicating the rate at which HSIC is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Let's take a look at if it is only due to industry tailwinds, or if Henry Schein has experienced some company-specific growth.

NasdaqGS:HSIC Income Statement, April 9th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Henry Schein has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 15% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 7.0% exceeds the US Healthcare industry of 6.6%, indicating Henry Schein has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Henry Schein’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 18% to 17%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 15% to 51% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

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

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HSIC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HSIC’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are HSIC’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 29 December 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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