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Was Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.’s (NYSE:NUS) Earnings Decline Part Of A Broader Industry Downturn?

Sean Barnes

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After reading Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.’s (NYSE:NUS) most recent earnings announcement (31 December 2018), I found it useful to look back at how the company has performed in the past and compare this against the latest numbers. As a long term investor, I pay close attention to earnings trend, rather than the figures published at one point in time. I also compare against an industry benchmark to check whether Nu Skin Enterprises’s performance has been impacted by industry movements. In this article I briefly touch on my key findings.

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Was NUS’s weak performance lately a part of a long-term decline?

NUS’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of US$122m has declined by -5.8% 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 -20%, indicating the rate at which NUS is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s take a look at what’s occurring with margins and if the rest of the industry is feeling the heat.

NYSE:NUS Income Statement Export February 18th 19

In terms of returns from investment, Nu Skin Enterprises has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 16% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 8.5% is below the US Personal Products industry of 13%, indicating Nu Skin Enterprises’s are utilized less efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Nu Skin Enterprises’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 22% to 25%.

What does this mean?

Though Nu Skin Enterprises’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. Typically companies that face a drawn out period of diminishing earnings are going through some sort of reinvestment phase with the aim of keeping up with the latest industry growth and disruption. I suggest you continue to research Nu Skin Enterprises to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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