Analyzing Hubbell Incorporated's (NYSE:HUBB) 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 HUBB's recent performance announced on 30 June 2019 and compare these figures to its long-term trend and industry movements.
How Well Did HUBB Perform?
HUBB's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 June 2019) of US$368m has jumped 42% compared to the previous year.
Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 0.3%, indicating the rate at which HUBB is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Let's see whether it is only a result of an industry uplift, or if Hubbell has experienced some company-specific growth.
In terms of returns from investment, Hubbell has invested its equity funds well leading to a 20% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 8.7% exceeds the US Electrical industry of 8.2%, indicating Hubbell has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Hubbell’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 18% to 14%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 30% to 96% over the past 5 years.
What does this mean?
Hubbell'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 Hubbell to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HUBB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HUBB’s outlook.
- Financial Health: Are HUBB’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.
- 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 June 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.
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