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Should You Be Happy With CNP Assurances SA's (EPA:CNP) 6.6% Earnings Growth?

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Examining CNP Assurances SA's (EPA:CNP) past track record of performance is a useful exercise for investors. It allows us to reflect on whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a powerful signal for future performance. Below, I will assess CNP's latest performance announced on 31 March 2019 and weight these figures against its longer term trend and industry movements.

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Were CNP's earnings stronger than its past performances and the industry?

CNP's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of €1.3b has increased by 6.6% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 6.1%, indicating the rate at which CNP is growing has accelerated. What's the driver of this growth? Well, let’s take a look at if it is solely because of industry tailwinds, or if CNP Assurances has experienced some company-specific growth.

ENXTPA:CNP Income Statement, July 24th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, CNP Assurances has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 8.6% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 0.4% is below the FR Insurance industry of 0.9%, indicating CNP Assurances's are utilized less efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for CNP Assurances’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 3.0% to 3.8%.

What does this mean?

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

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

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