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Investors with a long-term horizong may find it valuable to assess Biofactory S.A.'s (WSE:BFC) earnings trend over time and against its industry benchmark as opposed to simply looking at a sincle earnings announcement at one point in time. Below is my commentary, albiet very simple and high-level, on how Biofactory is currently performing.
How BFC fared against its long-term earnings performance and its industry
BFC's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of zł521k has jumped 48% compared to the previous year.
Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 9.0%, indicating the rate at which BFC is growing has accelerated. What's the driver of this growth? Well, let’s take a look at if it is merely owing to industry tailwinds, or if Biofactory has experienced some company-specific growth.
In terms of returns from investment, Biofactory has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 9.9% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 6.6% exceeds the PL Forestry industry of 4.7%, indicating Biofactory has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Biofactory’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 7.1% to 9.3%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 129% to 123% over the past 5 years.
What does this mean?
Though Biofactory's past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. Companies that have performed well in the past, such as Biofactory gives investors conviction. However, the next step would be to assess whether the future looks as optimistic. You should continue to research Biofactory to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BFC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BFC’s outlook.
- Financial Health: Are BFC’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.
- 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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