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Assessing Minerals Technologies Inc.'s (NYSE:MTX) past track record of performance is a valuable exercise for investors. It enables us to reflect on whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a great indicator for future performance. Today I will assess MTX's recent performance announced on 31 March 2019 and evaluate these figures to its longer term trend and industry movements.
Commentary On MTX's Past Performance
MTX's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of US$168m has declined by -16% 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 18%, indicating the rate at which MTX is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s take a look at what’s going on with margins and whether the whole industry is experiencing the hit as well.
In terms of returns from investment, Minerals Technologies has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 12% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 6.8% is below the US Chemicals industry of 7.1%, indicating Minerals Technologies's are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Minerals Technologies’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 9.5% to 9.1%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 13% to 74% over the past 5 years.
What does this mean?
Though Minerals Technologies's past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. Companies that are profitable, but have unpredictable earnings, can have many factors impacting its business. I recommend you continue to research Minerals Technologies to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for MTX’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MTX’s outlook.
- Financial Health: Are MTX’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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