For long-term investors, assessing earnings trend over time and against industry benchmarks is more beneficial than examining a single earnings announcement at a point in time. Investors may find my commentary, albeit very high-level and brief, on EnerSys (NYSE:ENS) useful as an attempt to give more color around how EnerSys is currently performing.
Could ENS beat the long-term trend and outperform its industry?
ENS's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 29 September 2019) of US$178m has jumped 47% compared to the previous year.
Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of -2.0%, indicating the rate at which ENS is growing has accelerated. What's enabled this growth? Well, let’s take a look at if it is merely a result of industry tailwinds, or if EnerSys has seen some company-specific growth.
In terms of returns from investment, EnerSys has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 14% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 6.6% is below the US Electrical industry of 6.9%, indicating EnerSys's are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for EnerSys’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 15% to 10%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 39% to 87% over the past 5 years.
What does this mean?
EnerSys's track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn't tell the whole story. While EnerSys 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 EnerSys to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ENS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ENS’s outlook.
- Financial Health: Are ENS’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 29 September 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.
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