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Measuring C&C Group plc's (ISE:GCC) 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 GCC's recent performance announced on 28 February 2019 and compare these figures to its historical trend and industry movements.
Was GCC's recent earnings decline worse than the long-term trend and the industry?
GCC's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 28 February 2019) of €72m has declined by -9.2% compared to the previous year.
Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has been lower than its average earnings growth rate over the past 5 years of 8.8%, indicating the rate at which GCC is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s take a look at what’s transpiring with margins and whether the rest of the industry is experiencing the hit as well.
In terms of returns from investment, C&C Group has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 12% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 5.9% exceeds the IE Beverage industry of 5.5%, indicating C&C Group has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for C&C Group’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 9.5% to 10%.
What does this mean?
C&C Group's track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn't tell the whole story. Companies that are profitable, but have capricious earnings, can have many factors impacting its business. You should continue to research C&C Group to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for GCC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for GCC’s outlook.
- Financial Health: Are GCC’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 28 February 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.
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