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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 Linamar Corporation (TSE:LNR) useful as an attempt to give more color around how Linamar is currently performing.
Did LNR's recent earnings growth beat the long-term trend and the industry?
LNR's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of CA$567m has increased by 1.1% 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 14%, indicating the rate at which LNR is growing has slowed down. Why could this be happening? Well, let's examine what's going on with margins and if the whole industry is facing the same headwind.
In terms of returns from investment, Linamar has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 15% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 7.3% exceeds the CA Auto Components industry of 7.2%, indicating Linamar has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Linamar’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 14% to 12%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 37% to 66% over the past 5 years.
What does this mean?
Linamar'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? I suggest you continue to research Linamar to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for LNR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for LNR’s outlook.
- Financial Health: Are LNR’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 31 March 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.
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