Was Leon’s Furniture Limited’s (TSE:LNF) Earnings Growth Better Than The Industry’s?

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Increase in profitability and industry-beating performance can be essential considerations in a stock for some investors. In this article, I will take a look at Leon’s Furniture Limited’s (TSE:LNF) 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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Could LNF beat the long-term trend and outperform its industry?

LNF’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of CA$106m has increased by 3.3% 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 11%, indicating the rate at which LNF is growing has slowed down. To understand what’s happening, let’s look at what’s transpiring with margins and if the whole industry is feeling the heat.

TSX:LNF Income Statement, July 12th 2019
TSX:LNF Income Statement, July 12th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Leon’s Furniture has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 12% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 5.7% is below the CA Specialty Retail industry of 7.1%, indicating Leon’s Furniture’s are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Leon’s Furniture’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 12% to 11%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Companies that have performed well in the past, such as Leon’s Furniture gives investors conviction. However, the next step would be to assess whether the future looks as optimistic. You should continue to research Leon’s Furniture to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for LNF’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for LNF’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are LNF’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 March 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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