Does Talanx AG’s (ETR:TLX) 11% Earnings Growth Make It An Outperformer?

Assessing Talanx AG’s (ETR:TLX) past track record of performance is an insightful exercise for investors. It allows us to reflect on whether or not the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a great indicator for future performance. Today I will assess TLX’s recent performance announced on 31 March 2019 and evaluate these figures to its long-term trend and industry movements.

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Commentary On TLX’s Past Performance

TLX’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of €720m has jumped 11% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of -0.8%, indicating the rate at which TLX is growing has accelerated. What’s enabled this growth? Let’s see whether it is merely due to an industry uplift, or if Talanx has experienced some company-specific growth.

XTRA:TLX Income Statement, May 23rd 2019
XTRA:TLX Income Statement, May 23rd 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Talanx has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 8.8% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 0.6% is below the DE Insurance industry of 0.9%, indicating Talanx’s are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Talanx’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 1.7% to 1.3%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 28% to 32% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Recent positive growth doesn’t necessarily mean it’s onwards and upwards for the company. There may be variables that are affecting the entire industry thus the high industry growth rate over the same time period. I recommend you continue to research Talanx to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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