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Has Spirit Airlines, Inc. (NYSE:SAVE) Improved Earnings Growth In Recent Times?

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Measuring Spirit Airlines, Inc.'s (NYSE:SAVE) track record of past performance is a valuable exercise for investors. It allows us to understand whether or not the company has met or exceed expectations, which is an insightful signal for future performance. Today I will assess SAVE's recent performance announced on 30 September 2019 and compare these figures to its historical trend and industry movements.

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

SAVE's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 September 2019) of US$346m has jumped 11% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 3.5%, indicating the rate at which SAVE is growing has accelerated. What's enabled this growth? Let's see whether it is solely a result of an industry uplift, or if Spirit Airlines has seen some company-specific growth.

NYSE:SAVE Income Statement, December 12th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Spirit Airlines has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 16% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 6.2% is below the US Airlines industry of 6.6%, indicating Spirit Airlines's are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Spirit Airlines’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 20% to 9.6%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 1.4% to 99% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Spirit Airlines'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 suggest you continue to research Spirit Airlines to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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

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