With A -10% Earnings Drop, Did Oeneo SA (EPA:SBT) Really Underperform?

Improvement in profitability and outperformance against the industry can be important characteristics in a stock for some investors. Below, I will assess Oeneo SA’s (ENXTPA:SBT) track record on a high level, to give you some insight into how the company has been performing against its historical trend and its industry peers.

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Was SBT weak performance lately part of a long-term decline?

SBT’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of €27m has declined by -10% 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 11%, indicating the rate at which SBT is growing has slowed down. Why could this be happening? Well, let’s take a look at what’s occurring with margins and whether the entire industry is experiencing the hit as well.

ENXTPA:SBT Income Statement, December 4th 2019
ENXTPA:SBT Income Statement, December 4th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Oeneo has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 11% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 6.5% exceeds the FR Packaging industry of 5.7%, indicating Oeneo has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Oeneo’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 12% to 13%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it 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 Oeneo to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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

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