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PVH Corp. (NYSE:PVH): Does The -2.1% Earnings Drop Reflect A Longer Term Trend?

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When PVH Corp. (NYSE:PVH) announced its most recent earnings (04 August 2019), I did two things: looked at its past earnings track record, then look at what is happening in the industry. Understanding how PVH performed requires a benchmark rather than trying to assess a standalone number at one point in time. Below is a quick commentary on how I see PVH has performed.

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Commentary On PVH's Past Performance

PVH's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 04 August 2019) of US$677m has declined by -2.1% 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 9.9%, indicating the rate at which PVH is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s take a look at what’s occurring with margins and whether the entire industry is experiencing the hit as well.

NYSE:PVH Income Statement, October 15th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, PVH has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 12% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 5.7% is below the US Luxury industry of 6.9%, indicating PVH's are utilized less efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for PVH’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 8.3% to 8.7%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 86% to 51% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

PVH'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 unpredictable earnings, can have many factors influencing its business. I suggest you continue to research PVH to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for PVH’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for PVH’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are PVH’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 04 August 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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