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Was Monro, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:MNRO) Earnings Growth Better Than The Industry's?

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After looking at Monro, Inc.'s (NasdaqGS:MNRO) latest earnings update (29 June 2019), I found it helpful to revisit the company's performance in the past couple of years and compare this against the latest numbers. As a long-term investor I tend to focus on earnings trend, rather than a single number at one point in time. Also, comparing it against an industry benchmark to understand whether it outperformed, or is simply riding an industry wave, is an important aspect. In this article I briefly touch on my key findings.

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Could MNRO beat the long-term trend and outperform its industry?

MNRO's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 29 June 2019) of US$81m has jumped 22% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 4.6%, indicating the rate at which MNRO is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Well, let’s take a look at whether it is merely because of an industry uplift, or if Monro has seen some company-specific growth.

NasdaqGS:MNRO Income Statement, October 8th 2019
NasdaqGS:MNRO Income Statement, October 8th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Monro has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 11% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 6.9% exceeds the US Specialty Retail industry of 5.6%, indicating Monro has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Monro’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 13% to 10%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. While Monro has a good historical track record with positive growth and profitability, there's no certainty that this will extrapolate into the future. I recommend you continue to research Monro to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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

  2. Financial Health: Are MNRO’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 29 June 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

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