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Has MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR) Improved Earnings Growth In Recent Times?

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Assessing MicroStrategy Incorporated's (NASDAQ:MSTR) 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 MSTR's recent performance announced on 31 December 2018 and evaluate these figures to its long-term trend and industry movements.

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Did MSTR beat its long-term earnings growth trend and its industry?

MSTR's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of US$23m has jumped 24% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of -0.9%, indicating the rate at which MSTR is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Well, let’s take a look at if it is merely owing to industry tailwinds, or if MicroStrategy has seen some company-specific growth.

NasdaqGS:MSTR Income Statement, March 27th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, MicroStrategy has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 4.2% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 1.2% is below the US Software industry of 5.9%, indicating MicroStrategy's are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for MicroStrategy’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 28% to 0.7%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Recent positive growth isn't always indicative of a continued optimistic outlook. There may be variables that are impacting the entire industry thus the high industry growth rate over the same time frame. I recommend you continue to research MicroStrategy to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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

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