Should You Be Concerned About ASR Nederland N.V.’s (AMS:ASRNL) Earnings Growth?

Understanding how ASR Nederland N.V. (ENXTAM:ASRNL) is performing as a company requires looking at more than just a years’ earnings. Today I will run you through a basic sense check to gain perspective on how ASR Nederland is doing by comparing its latest earnings with its long-term trend as well as the performance of its insurance industry peers.

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Did ASRNL perform better than its track record and industry?

ASRNL’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 June 2019) of €833m has declined by -0.8% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has been lower than its average earnings growth rate over the past 5 years of 15%, indicating the rate at which ASRNL is growing has slowed down. Why could this be happening? Well, let’s take a look at what’s transpiring with margins and if the entire industry is facing the same headwind.

ENXTAM:ASRNL Income Statement, September 16th 2019
ENXTAM:ASRNL Income Statement, September 16th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, ASR Nederland has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 15% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 1.5% exceeds the NL Insurance industry of 1.4%, indicating ASR Nederland has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for ASR Nederland’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 1.9% to 2.0%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Companies that are profitable, but have volatile earnings, can have many factors influencing its business. I recommend you continue to research ASR Nederland to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ASRNL’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ASRNL’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are ASRNL’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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