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Was Snap-on Incorporated's (NYSE:SNA) Earnings Growth Better Than The Industry's?

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When Snap-on Incorporated's (NYSE:SNA) announced its latest earnings (30 March 2019), I wanted to understand how these figures stacked up against its past performance. The two benchmarks I used were Snap-on's average earnings over the past couple of years, and its industry performance. These are useful yardsticks to help me gauge whether or not SNA actually performed well. Below is a quick commentary on how I see SNA has performed.

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

SNA's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 March 2019) of US$695m has jumped 20% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 11%, indicating the rate at which SNA is growing has accelerated. What's the driver of this growth? Let's see if it is solely attributable to an industry uplift, or if Snap-on has experienced some company-specific growth.

NYSE:SNA Income Statement, May 14th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Snap-on has invested its equity funds well leading to a 22% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 14% exceeds the US Machinery industry of 7.5%, indicating Snap-on has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Snap-on’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 22% to 21%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. While Snap-on has a good historical track record with positive growth and profitability, there's no certainty that this will extrapolate into the future. You should continue to research Snap-on to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for SNA’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SNA’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are SNA’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 30 March 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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