Did Portland General Electric Company’s (NYSE:POR) Recent Earnings Growth Beat The Trend?

Assessing Portland General Electric Company’s (NYSE:POR) past track record of performance is a useful exercise for investors. It allows us to understand whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a great indicator for future performance. Below, I assess POR’s latest performance announced on 30 June 2019 and evaluate these figures to its historical trend and industry movements.

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How Well Did POR Perform?

POR’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 June 2019) of US$200m has increased by 4.2% 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 4.5%, indicating the rate at which POR is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s take a look at what’s going on with margins and if the rest of the industry is experiencing the hit as well.

NYSE:POR Income Statement, October 2nd 2019
NYSE:POR Income Statement, October 2nd 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Portland General Electric has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 7.9% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 4.1% is below the US Electric Utilities industry of 4.5%, indicating Portland General Electric’s are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Portland General Electric’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 4.5% to 4.2%.

What does this mean?

Portland General Electric’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. While Portland General Electric 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 Portland General Electric to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for POR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for POR’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are POR’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 30 June 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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