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XP Power Limited's (LON:XPP) Earnings Grew 6.7%, Did It Beat Long-Term Trend?

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Assessing XP Power Limited's (LON:XPP) past track record of performance is an insightful exercise for investors. It allows us to reflect on whether or not the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a great indicator for future performance. Today I will assess XPP's recent performance announced on 31 December 2018 and evaluate these figures to its long-term trend and industry movements.

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How Well Did XPP Perform?

XPP's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of UK£30m has increased by 6.7% compared to the previous year.

However, this one-year growth rate has been lower than its average earnings growth rate over the past 5 years of 12%, indicating the rate at which XPP is growing has slowed down. Why could this be happening? Well, let’s take a look at what’s transpiring with margins and whether the whole industry is facing the same headwind.

LSE:XPP Income Statement, July 12th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, XP Power 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 GB Electrical industry of 6.3%, indicating XP Power has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for XP Power’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 26% to 19%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 12% to 46% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it 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? You should continue to research XP Power to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for XPP’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for XPP’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are XPP’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 31 December 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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