Investors with a long-term horizong may find it valuable to assess PACCAR Inc's (NASDAQ:PCAR) 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 PACCAR is currently performing.
Were PCAR's earnings stronger than its past performances and the industry?
PCAR's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of US$2.2b has jumped 31% compared to the previous year.
Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 10%, indicating the rate at which PCAR is growing has accelerated. What's the driver of this growth? Let's take a look at if it is only a result of an industry uplift, or if PACCAR has seen some company-specific growth.
In terms of returns from investment, PACCAR has invested its equity funds well leading to a 26% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 8.3% exceeds the US Machinery industry of 7.6%, indicating PACCAR has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for PACCAR’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 15% to 15%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 128% to 116% over the past 5 years.
What does this mean?
PACCAR's track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn't tell the whole story. While PACCAR has a good historical track record with positive growth and profitability, there's no certainty that this will extrapolate into the future. I recommend you continue to research PACCAR to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for PCAR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for PCAR’s outlook.
- Financial Health: Are PCAR’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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