Did Intuit Inc.’s (NASDAQ:INTU) Recent Earnings Growth Beat The Trend?

Analyzing Intuit Inc.’s (NasdaqGS:INTU) track record of past performance is a valuable exercise for investors. It enables us to reflect on whether or not the company has met expectations, which is a powerful signal for future performance. Today I will assess INTU’s recent performance announced on 31 October 2019 and compare these figures to its long-term trend and industry movements.

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Could INTU beat the long-term trend and outperform its industry?

INTU’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 October 2019) of US$1.6b has jumped 16% 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 22%, indicating the rate at which INTU is growing has slowed down. Why could this be happening? Well, let’s take a look at what’s occurring with margins and whether the whole industry is feeling the heat.

NasdaqGS:INTU Income Statement, January 27th 2020
NasdaqGS:INTU Income Statement, January 27th 2020

In terms of returns from investment, Intuit has invested its equity funds well leading to a 43% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 25% exceeds the US Software industry of 6.7%, indicating Intuit has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Intuit’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 69% to 42%.

What does this mean?

Though Intuit’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. 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 Intuit to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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

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