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Interested In Victrex plc (LON:VCT)? Here's How It Performed Recently

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When Victrex plc (LON:VCT) released its most recent earnings update (31 March 2019), I wanted to understand how these figures stacked up against its past performance. The two benchmarks I used were Victrex's average earnings over the past couple of years, and its industry performance. These are useful yardsticks to help me gauge whether or not VCT actually performed well. Below is a quick commentary on how I see VCT has performed.

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How Did VCT's Recent Performance Stack Up Against Its Past?

VCT's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of UK£99m has declined by -14% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has been lower than its average earnings growth rate over the past 5 years of 7.7%, indicating the rate at which VCT is growing has slowed down. Why could this be happening? Well, let's look at what's transpiring with margins and whether the rest of the industry is feeling the heat.

LSE:VCT Income Statement, July 15th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Victrex has invested its equity funds well leading to a 23% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 20% exceeds the GB Chemicals industry of 6.7%, indicating Victrex has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Victrex’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 26% to 26%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Companies that are profitable, but have unpredictable earnings, can have many factors impacting its business. You should continue to research Victrex to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for VCT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for VCT’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are VCT’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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