Did HNI Corporation’s (NYSE:HNI) Recent Earnings Growth Beat The Trend?

When HNI Corporation (NYSE:HNI) announced its most recent earnings (28 December 2019), I compared it against two factor: its historical earnings track record, and the performance of its industry peers on average. Being able to interpret how well HNI has done so far requires weighing its performance against a benchmark, rather than looking at a standalone number at a point in time. In this article, I’ve summarized the key takeaways on how I see HNI has performed.

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Were HNI’s earnings stronger than its past performances and the industry?

HNI’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 28 December 2019) of US$111m has jumped 18% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 4.4%, indicating the rate at which HNI is growing has accelerated. What’s enabled this growth? Well, let’s take a look at whether it is solely because of an industry uplift, or if HNI has experienced some company-specific growth.

NYSE:HNI Income Statement, March 13th 2020
NYSE:HNI Income Statement, March 13th 2020

In terms of returns from investment, HNI has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 19% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 8.2% exceeds the US Commercial Services industry of 6.0%, indicating HNI has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for HNI’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 21% to 16%.

What does this mean?

HNI’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 recommend you continue to research HNI to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HNI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HNI’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are HNI’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 28 December 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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