BMTC Group Inc.’s (TSE:GBT) Earnings Grew 3.1%, Did It Beat Long-Term Trend?

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 BMTC Group Inc. (TSE:GBT) useful as an attempt to give more color around how BMTC Group is currently performing.

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

GBT’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 January 2018) of CA$46m has increased by 3.1% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of -4.1%, indicating the rate at which GBT is growing has accelerated. What’s the driver of this growth? Let’s take a look at whether it is merely due to industry tailwinds, or if BMTC Group has experienced some company-specific growth.

TSX:GBT Income Statement Export January 11th 19
TSX:GBT Income Statement Export January 11th 19

In terms of returns from investment, BMTC Group has invested its equity funds well leading to a 22% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 14% exceeds the CA Specialty Retail industry of 5.9%, indicating BMTC Group has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for BMTC Group’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 22% to 29%.

What does this mean?

BMTC Group’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Recent positive growth doesn’t necessarily mean it’s onwards and upwards for the company. There may be factors that are affecting the industry as a whole, thus the high industry growth rate over the same time period. You should continue to research BMTC Group to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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

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