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Robert Half International Inc.'s (NYSE:RHI) Earnings Grew 45%, Did It Beat Long-Term Trend?

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Understanding how Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI) is performing as a company requires looking at more than just a years' earnings. Today I will run you through a basic sense check to gain perspective on how Robert Half International is doing by comparing its latest earnings with its long-term trend as well as the performance of its professional services industry peers.

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How Did RHI's Recent Performance Stack Up Against Its Past?

RHI's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of US$448m has jumped 45% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 5.6%, indicating the rate at which RHI is growing has accelerated. What's the driver of this growth? Let's take a look at whether it is merely owing to an industry uplift, or if Robert Half International has seen some company-specific growth.

NYSE:RHI Income Statement, May 3rd 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Robert Half International has invested its equity funds well leading to a 42% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 23% exceeds the US Professional Services industry of 6.2%, indicating Robert Half International has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Robert Half International’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 58% to 55%.

What does this mean?

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

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

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