Has Toromont Industries Ltd. (TSE:TIH) Improved Earnings Growth In Recent Times?

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For long-term investors, assessing earnings trend over time and against industry benchmarks is more beneficial than examining a single earnings announcement at a point in time. Investors may find my commentary, albeit very high-level and brief, on Toromont Industries Ltd. (TSE:TIH) useful as an attempt to give more color around how Toromont Industries is currently performing.

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How Did TIH’s Recent Performance Stack Up Against Its Past?

TIH’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of CA$252m has jumped 43% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 12%, indicating the rate at which TIH is growing has accelerated. What’s the driver of this growth? Let’s take a look at if it is only owing to an industry uplift, or if Toromont Industries has experienced some company-specific growth.

TSX:TIH Income Statement Export February 18th 19
TSX:TIH Income Statement Export February 18th 19

In terms of returns from investment, Toromont Industries has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 19% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 8.5% exceeds the CA Trade Distributors industry of 5.8%, indicating Toromont Industries has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Toromont Industries’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 21% to 18%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 23% to 49% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Though Toromont Industries’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. While Toromont Industries 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 Toromont Industries to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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