Should You Be Content With CoAssets Limited’s (ASX:CA8) Earnings Growth?

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 CoAssets Limited’s (ASX:CA8) 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. See our latest analysis for CoAssets

Could CA8 beat the long-term trend and outperform its industry?

I look at the ‘latest twelve-month’ data, which annualizes the most recent half-year data, or in some cases, the latest annual report is already the most recent financial year data. This method enables me to examine many different companies on a more comparable basis, using new information. For CoAssets, its most recent trailing-twelve-month earnings is -S$495.77K, which, in comparison to the previous year’s figure, has become less negative. Since these values may be relatively myopic, I have created an annualized five-year figure for CA8’s earnings, which stands at -S$3.43M. This shows that, despite the fact that net income is negative, it has become less negative over the years.

ASX:CA8 Income Statement Mar 8th 18
ASX:CA8 Income Statement Mar 8th 18
We can further examine CoAssets’s loss by looking at what the industry has been experiencing over the past few years. Each year, for the past five years CoAssets’s top-line has increased by 25.03% on average, implying that the company is in a high-growth period with expenses shooting ahead of revenues, leading to annual losses. Looking at growth from a sector-level, the Australian internet industry has been growing its average earnings by double-digit 15.92% over the previous twelve months, and 10.14% over the past five. This means that, although CoAssets is presently running a loss, it may have gained from industry tailwinds, moving earnings towards to right direction.

What does this mean?

CoAssets’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Companies that incur net loss is always difficult to forecast what will occur going forward, and when. The most valuable step is to assess company-specific issues CoAssets may be facing and whether management guidance has regularly been met in the past. I suggest you continue to research CoAssets to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at the areas below. Just a heads up – to access some parts of the Simply Wall St research tool you might be asked to create a free account, but it takes just one click and the information they provide is definitely worth it in my opinion.

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NB: Figures in this article are calculated using data from the trailing twelve months from 31 December 2017. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.