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Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:SIMO): Has Recent Earnings Growth Beaten Long-Term Trend?

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For investors, increase in profitability and industry-beating performance can be essential considerations in an investment. Below, I will examine Silicon Motion Technology Corporation's (NASDAQ:SIMO) track record on a high level, to give you some insight into how the company has been performing against its long term trend and its industry peers.

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Were SIMO's earnings stronger than its past performances and the industry?

SIMO's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of US$100m has jumped 34% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 20%, indicating the rate at which SIMO is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Let's see whether it is solely a result of an industry uplift, or if Silicon Motion Technology has seen some company-specific growth.

NasdaqGS:SIMO Income Statement, April 4th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Silicon Motion Technology has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 19% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 14% exceeds the US Semiconductor industry of 9.7%, indicating Silicon Motion Technology has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Silicon Motion Technology’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 21% to 19%.

What does this mean?

Though Silicon Motion Technology's past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. While Silicon Motion Technology 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 Silicon Motion Technology to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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