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Was MarineMax, Inc.'s (NYSE:HZO) Earnings Growth Better Than The Industry's?

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Improvement in profitability and outperformance against the industry can be important characteristics in a stock for some investors. Below, I will assess MarineMax, Inc.'s (NYSE:HZO) track record on a high level, to give you some insight into how the company has been performing against its historical trend and its industry peers.

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How Well Did HZO Perform?

HZO's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of US$39m has jumped 37% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 12%, indicating the rate at which HZO is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Let's see whether it is merely attributable to an industry uplift, or if MarineMax has experienced some company-specific growth.

NYSE:HZO Income Statement, May 6th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, MarineMax has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 11% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 6.6% exceeds the US Specialty Retail industry of 6.4%, indicating MarineMax has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for MarineMax’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 10% to 17%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Companies that have performed well in the past, such as MarineMax gives investors conviction. However, the next step would be to assess whether the future looks as optimistic. I suggest you continue to research MarineMax to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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