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Does Wirecard AG's (ETR:WDI) Past Performance Indicate A Stronger Future?

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Understanding how Wirecard AG (XTRA:WDI) is performing as a company requires looking at more than just a years' earnings. Today I will run you through a basic sense check to gain perspective on how Wirecard is doing by comparing its latest earnings with its long-term trend as well as the performance of its it industry peers.

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How Well Did WDI Perform?

WDI's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 September 2019) of €482m has jumped 42% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 27%, indicating the rate at which WDI is growing has accelerated. What's the driver of this growth? Let's see if it is merely a result of industry tailwinds, or if Wirecard has experienced some company-specific growth.

XTRA:WDI Income Statement, December 1st 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Wirecard has invested its equity funds well leading to a 21% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 7.2% exceeds the DE IT industry of 5.0%, indicating Wirecard has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Wirecard’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 12% to 15%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. While Wirecard has a good historical track record with positive growth and profitability, there's no certainty that this will extrapolate into the future. I suggest you continue to research Wirecard to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for WDI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for WDI’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are WDI’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 30 September 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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