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Does Sogeclair SA's (EPA:SOG) Recent Track Record Look Strong?

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Measuring Sogeclair SA's (EPA:SOG) track record of past performance is a valuable exercise for investors. It allows 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 SOG's recent performance announced on 31 December 2018 and compare these figures to its historical trend and industry movements.

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Could SOG beat the long-term trend and outperform its industry?

SOG's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of €6.3m has jumped 15% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 2.6%, indicating the rate at which SOG 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 Sogeclair has seen some company-specific growth.

ENXTPA:SOG Income Statement, May 7th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Sogeclair has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 12% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 4.2% exceeds the FR Aerospace & Defense industry of 3.6%, indicating Sogeclair has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Sogeclair’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 9.1% to 8.4%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 41% to 74% over the past 5 years.

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 Sogeclair to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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

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