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Illumina, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ILMN) Earnings Grew 14%, Did It Beat Long-Term Trend?

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Measuring Illumina, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ILMN) track record of past performance is an insightful exercise for investors. It enables us to reflect on whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a powerful signal for future performance. Below, I will assess ILMN's recent performance announced on 30 December 2018 and compare these figures to its historical trend and industry movements.

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Did ILMN's recent earnings growth beat the long-term trend and the industry?

ILMN's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 December 2018) of US$826m has jumped 14% compared to the previous year.

However, this one-year growth rate has been lower than its average earnings growth rate over the past 5 years of 23%, indicating the rate at which ILMN is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s take a look at what’s occurring with margins and whether the whole industry is facing the same headwind.

NasdaqGS:ILMN Income Statement, April 1st 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Illumina 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 12% exceeds the US Life Sciences industry of 6.9%, indicating Illumina has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Illumina’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 20% to 17%.

What does this mean?

Illumina'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? You should continue to research Illumina to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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

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