Was BHB Brauholding Bayern-Mitte AG’s (FRA:B9B) Earnings Decline Part Of A Broader Industry Downturn?

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After reading BHB Brauholding Bayern-Mitte AG’s (FRA:B9B) most recent earnings announcement (31 December 2018), I found it useful to look back at how the company has performed in the past and compare this against the latest numbers. As a long-term investor I tend to focus on earnings trend, rather than a single number at one point in time. Also, comparing it against an industry benchmark to understand whether it outperformed, or is simply riding an industry wave, is a crucial aspect. Below is a brief commentary on my key takeaways.

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How Did B9B’s Recent Performance Stack Up Against Its Past?

B9B’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of €218k has declined by -7.9% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has been lower than its average earnings growth rate over the past 5 years of 7.9%, indicating the rate at which B9B is growing has slowed down. Why could this be happening? Well, let’s take a look at what’s going on with margins and if the entire industry is facing the same headwind.

DB:B9B Income Statement, May 6th 2019
DB:B9B Income Statement, May 6th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, BHB Brauholding Bayern-Mitte has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 2.0% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 1.3% is below the DE Beverage industry of 4.0%, indicating BHB Brauholding Bayern-Mitte’s are utilized less efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for BHB Brauholding Bayern-Mitte’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 3.3% to 3.4%.

What does this mean?

Though BHB Brauholding Bayern-Mitte’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. Usually companies that experience a prolonged period of diminishing earnings are undergoing some sort of reinvestment phase Although, if the entire industry is struggling to grow over time, it may be a sign of a structural change, which makes BHB Brauholding Bayern-Mitte and its peers a higher risk investment. You should continue to research BHB Brauholding Bayern-Mitte to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for B9B’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for B9B’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are B9B’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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