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Has Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj (HEL:LAT1V) Improved Earnings In Recent Times?

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Assessing Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj's (HLSE:LAT1V) past track record of performance is an insightful exercise for investors. It allows us to reflect on whether or not the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a great indicator for future performance. Today I will assess LAT1V's recent performance announced on 31 December 2019 and evaluate these figures to its long-term trend and industry movements.

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Have LAT1V's earnings improved against past performances and the industry?

LAT1V's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2019) of €35m has increased by 1.8% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of -0.8%, indicating the rate at which LAT1V is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Well, let’s take a look at whether it is merely due to industry tailwinds, or if Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj has seen some company-specific growth.

HLSE:LAT1V Income Statement, February 2nd 2020

In terms of returns from investment, Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 17% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 6.5% exceeds the FI Commercial Services industry of 4.8%, indicating Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 16% to 9.5%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 47% to 49% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj's track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn't tell the whole story. Companies that have performed well in the past, such as Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj gives investors conviction. However, the next step would be to assess whether the future looks as optimistic. You should continue to research Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for LAT1V’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for LAT1V’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are LAT1V’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 December 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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