Where K-Bro Linen Inc. (TSE:KBL) Stands In Terms Of Earnings Growth Against Its Industry

Measuring K-Bro Linen Inc.’s (TSE:KBL) track record of past performance is a valuable exercise for investors. It allows us to understand whether or not the company has met or exceed expectations, which is an insightful signal for future performance. Today I will assess KBL’s recent performance announced on 31 December 2018 and compare these figures to its historical trend and industry movements.

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How Well Did KBL Perform?

KBL’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of CA$6.2m has increased by 7.9% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of -14%, indicating the rate at which KBL is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Let’s take a look at if it is solely because of industry tailwinds, or if K-Bro Linen has experienced some company-specific growth.

TSX:KBL Income Statement, April 8th 2019
TSX:KBL Income Statement, April 8th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, K-Bro Linen has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 3.1% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 2.8% is below the CA Commercial Services industry of 5.1%, indicating K-Bro Linen’s are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for K-Bro Linen’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 14% to 3.7%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 28% to 35% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Recent positive growth isn’t always indicative of a continued optimistic outlook. There may be factors that are impacting the entire industry thus the high industry growth rate over the same period of time. You should continue to research K-Bro Linen to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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