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Was SalMar ASA's (OB:SALM) Earnings Growth Better Than The Industry's?

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After reading SalMar ASA's (OB:SALM) most recent earnings announcement (31 March 2019), 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 SalMar's performance has been impacted by industry movements. In this article I briefly touch on my key findings.

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How SALM fared against its long-term earnings performance and its industry

SALM's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of øre3.6b has jumped 40% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 22%, indicating the rate at which SALM is growing has accelerated. What's the driver of this growth? Well, let’s take a look at whether it is merely because of an industry uplift, or if SalMar has experienced some company-specific growth.

OB:SALM Income Statement, June 20th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, SalMar has invested its equity funds well leading to a 34% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 22% exceeds the NO Food industry of 13%, indicating SalMar has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for SalMar’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 20% to 31%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 49% to 13% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

SalMar's track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn't tell the whole story. Positive growth and profitability are what investors like to see in a company’s track record, but how do we properly assess sustainability? I recommend you continue to research SalMar to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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