Does Snap-on Incorporated’s (NYSE:SNA) 15% Earnings Growth Reflect The Long-Term Trend? Does Snap-on Incorporated’s (NYSE:SNA) Recent Track Record Look Strong?

Measuring Snap-on Incorporated’s (NYSE:SNA) track record of past performance is a useful exercise for investors. It enables us to understand whether or not the company has met or exceed expectations, which is an insightful signal for future performance. Today I will assess SNA’s recent performance announced on 29 June 2019 and weigh these figures against its long-term trend and industry movements.

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How Well Did SNA Perform?

SNA’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 29 June 2019) of US$697m has jumped 15% 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 SNA is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Let’s take a look at if it is solely due to an industry uplift, or if Snap-on has experienced some company-specific growth.

NYSE:SNA Income Statement, August 30th 2019
NYSE:SNA Income Statement, August 30th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Snap-on 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 13% exceeds the US Machinery industry of 7.5%, indicating Snap-on has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Snap-on’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 22% to 21%.

What does this mean?

Though Snap-on’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. While Snap-on has a good historical track record with positive growth and profitability, there’s no certainty that this will extrapolate into the future. You should continue to research Snap-on to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for SNA’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SNA’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are SNA’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 29 June 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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