Does IDEX Corporation’s (NYSE:IEX) 35% Earnings Growth Make It An Outperformer?

Examining IDEX Corporation’s (NYSE:IEX) past track record of performance is a valuable exercise for investors. It enables us to understand whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a powerful signal for future performance. Below, I will assess IEX’s latest performance announced on 30 September 2018 and weigh these figures against its longer term trend and industry movements.

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Commentary On IEX’s Past Performance

IEX’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 September 2018) of US$406m has jumped 35% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 11%, indicating the rate at which IEX is growing has accelerated. What’s the driver of this growth? Let’s take a look at whether it is only owing to an industry uplift, or if IDEX has seen some company-specific growth.

NYSE:IEX Income Statement Export November 28th 18
NYSE:IEX Income Statement Export November 28th 18

In terms of returns from investment, IDEX has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 20% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 13% exceeds the US Machinery industry of 6.6%, indicating IDEX has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for IDEX’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 17% to 18%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 52% to 41% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Though IDEX’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? You should continue to research IDEX to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.