In this commentary, I will examine VA Tech Wabag Limited’s (NSE:WABAG) latest earnings update (30 June 2018) and compare these figures against its performance over the past couple of years, as well as how the rest of the water utilities industry performed. As an investor, I find it beneficial to assess WABAG’s trend over the short-to-medium term in order to gauge whether or not the company is able to meet its goals, and ultimately sustainably grow over time.
Were WABAG’s earnings stronger than its past performances and the industry?
WABAG’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 June 2018) of ₹1.4b has jumped 29% compared to the previous year.
Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 4.9%, indicating the rate at which WABAG is growing has accelerated. What’s the driver of this growth? Let’s take a look at whether it is only because of industry tailwinds, or if VA Tech Wabag has seen some company-specific growth.
In terms of returns from investment, VA Tech Wabag has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 13% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 4.3% is below the IN Water Utilities industry of 4.6%, indicating VA Tech Wabag’s are utilized less efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for VA Tech Wabag’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 13% to 16%.
What does this mean?
Though VA Tech Wabag’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. While VA Tech Wabag 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 VA Tech Wabag to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for WABAG’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for WABAG’s outlook.
- Financial Health: Are WABAG’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.
- 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 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.
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