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Pragma Faktoring Spolka Akcyjna’s (WSE:PRF) Earnings Dropped -8.96%, Did Its Industry Show Weakness Too?

Luis Baughman

Investors with a long-term horizong may find it valuable to assess Pragma Faktoring Spolka Akcyjna’s (WSE:PRF) earnings trend over time and against its industry benchmark as opposed to simply looking at a sincle earnings announcement at one point in time. Below is my commentary, albiet very simple and high-level, on how Pragma Faktoring Spolka Akcyjna is currently performing. See our latest analysis for Pragma Faktoring Spolka Akcyjna

Was PRF weak performance lately part of a long-term decline?

I like to use data from the most recent 12 months, which annualizes the most recent half-year data, or in some cases, the latest annual report is already the most recent financial year data. This blend allows me to examine various companies in a uniform manner using new information. For Pragma Faktoring Spolka Akcyjna, its most recent trailing-twelve-month earnings is ZŁ3.77M, which, relative to the previous year’s level, has declined by -8.96%. Given that these figures are fairly myopic, I have calculated an annualized five-year value for PRF’s earnings, which stands at ZŁ3.23M This shows that even though earnings growth was negative against the prior year, over the longer term, Pragma Faktoring Spolka Akcyjna’s earnings have been rising on average.

WSE:PRF Income Statement Jun 14th 18

What’s enabled this growth? Well, let’s take a look at whether it is solely owing to industry tailwinds, or if Pragma Faktoring Spolka Akcyjna has experienced some company-specific growth. In the last few years, Pragma Faktoring Spolka Akcyjna top-line expansion has outstripped earnings and the growth rate of expenses. Though this resulted in a margin contraction, it has softened Pragma Faktoring Spolka Akcyjna’s earnings contraction. Inspecting growth from a sector-level, the PL diversified financial industry has been growing its average earnings by double-digit 27.08% in the prior year, . This is a change from a volatile drop of -12.71% in the last few years. This means that, in the recent industry expansion, Pragma Faktoring Spolka Akcyjna has not been able to leverage it as much as its industry peers.

What does this mean?

Pragma Faktoring Spolka Akcyjna’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Companies that are profitable, but have capricious earnings, can have many factors influencing its business. I suggest you continue to research Pragma Faktoring Spolka Akcyjna to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Financial Health: Is PRF’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.
  2. Valuation: What is PRF worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether PRF is currently mispriced by the market.
  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 2017. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.
To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.