With A -5.6% Earnings Drop, Is Digia Oyj’s (HEL:DIGIA) A Concern?

Improvement in profitability and outperformance against the industry can be important characteristics in a stock for some investors. Below, I will assess Digia Oyj’s (HEL:DIGIA) 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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Despite a decline, did DIGIA underperform the long-term trend and the industry?

DIGIA’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 June 2018) of €3m has declined by -5.6% 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 25%, indicating the rate at which DIGIA 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 feeling the heat.

HLSE:DIGIA Income Statement Export October 23rd 18
HLSE:DIGIA Income Statement Export October 23rd 18

In terms of returns from investment, Digia Oyj has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 5.7% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 3.5% is below the FI IT industry of 5.9%, indicating Digia Oyj’s are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Digia Oyj’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 9.2% to 6.1%.

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 recommend you continue to research Digia Oyj to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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

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