Where Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Earnings Growth Stands Against Its Industry

When Apple Inc. (NasdaqGS:AAPL) announced its most recent earnings (28 September 2019), I compared it against two factor: its historical earnings track record, and the performance of its industry peers on average. Being able to interpret how well Apple has done so far requires weighing its performance against a benchmark, rather than looking at a standalone number at a point in time. In this article, I’ve summarized the key takeaways on how I see AAPL has performed.

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How Well Did AAPL Perform?

AAPL’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 28 September 2019) of US$55b has declined by -7.1% 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 4.8%, indicating the rate at which AAPL is growing has slowed down. Why is this? Well, let’s take a look at what’s going on with margins and whether the rest of the industry is experiencing the hit as well.

NasdaqGS:AAPL Income Statement, January 10th 2020
NasdaqGS:AAPL Income Statement, January 10th 2020

In terms of returns from investment, Apple has invested its equity funds well leading to a 61% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 16% exceeds the US Tech industry of 4.7%, indicating Apple has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Apple’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 25% to 27%.

What does this mean?

Apple’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Companies that are profitable, but have unpredictable earnings, can have many factors influencing its business. I suggest you continue to research Apple to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for AAPL’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for AAPL’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are AAPL’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 28 September 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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