Was Robertet SA’s (EPA:RBT) Earnings Growth Better Than The Industry’s?

For investors with a long-term horizon, assessing earnings trend over time and against industry benchmarks is more valuable than looking at a single earnings announcement in one point in time. Investors may find my commentary, albeit very high-level and brief, on Robertet SA (EPA:RBT) useful as an attempt to give more color around how Robertet is currently performing.

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Commentary On RBT’s Past Performance

RBT’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of €52m has increased by 6.6% compared to the previous year.

However, 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 RBT is growing has slowed down. Why could this be happening? Well, let’s look at what’s transpiring with margins and if the entire industry is facing the same headwind.

ENXTPA:RBT Income Statement, August 24th 2019
ENXTPA:RBT Income Statement, August 24th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Robertet has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 13% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 8.5% exceeds the FR Chemicals industry of 4.6%, indicating Robertet has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Robertet’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 14% to 14%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 38% to 27% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Though Robertet’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. Companies that have performed well in the past, such as Robertet gives investors conviction. However, the next step would be to assess whether the future looks as optimistic. You should continue to research Robertet to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for RBT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for RBT’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are RBT’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 31 December 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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