Examining California Water Service Group’s (NYSE:CWT) past track record of performance is an insightful exercise for investors. It allows us to reflect on whether or not the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a great indicator for future performance. Today I will assess CWT’s latest performance announced on 31 December 2019 and compare these figures to its longer term trend and industry movements.
Commentary On CWT’s Past Performance
CWT’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2019) of US$63m has declined by -3.8% 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 6.3%, indicating the rate at which CWT 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 whole industry is feeling the heat.
In terms of returns from investment, California Water Service Group has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 8.1% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 3.5% is below the US Water Utilities industry of 3.8%, indicating California Water Service Group’s are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for California Water Service Group’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 4.8% to 4.0%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 81% to 125% over the past 5 years.
What does this mean?
While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Companies that are profitable, but have capricious earnings, can have many factors impacting its business. I suggest you continue to research California Water Service Group to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CWT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CWT’s outlook.
- Financial Health: Are CWT’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 31 December 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.
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