Should You Be Happy With Tassal Group Limited’s (ASX:TGR) 5.0% Earnings Growth?

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For long term investors, improvement in profitability and outperformance against the industry can be important characteristics in a stock. In this article, I will take a look at Tassal Group Limited’s (ASX:TGR) 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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How TGR fared against its long-term earnings performance and its industry

TGR’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of AU$62m has increased by 5.0% 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 8.0%, indicating the rate at which TGR is growing has slowed down. Why could this be happening? Well, let’s take a look at what’s occurring with margins and if the entire industry is feeling the heat.

ASX:TGR Income Statement, June 12th 2019
ASX:TGR Income Statement, June 12th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Tassal Group has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 10.0% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 6.8% exceeds the AU Food industry of 5.4%, indicating Tassal Group has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Tassal Group’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 11% to 11%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 23% to 27% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Though Tassal Group’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. While Tassal Group has a good historical track record with positive growth and profitability, there’s no certainty that this will extrapolate into the future. You should continue to research Tassal Group to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for TGR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for TGR’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are TGR’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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