Was QPR Software Oyj’s (HEL:QPR1V) Earnings Growth Better Than The Industry’s?

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 QPR Software Oyj’s (HEL:QPR1V) 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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How QPR1V fared against its long-term earnings performance and its industry

QPR1V’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 September 2018) of €530k has jumped 15% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of -16%, indicating the rate at which QPR1V is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Let’s take a look at whether it is solely due to industry tailwinds, or if QPR Software Oyj has experienced some company-specific growth.

HLSE:QPR1V Income Statement Export October 27th 18
HLSE:QPR1V Income Statement Export October 27th 18

In terms of returns from investment, QPR Software Oyj has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 19% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 9.7% exceeds the FI Software industry of 6.6%, indicating QPR Software Oyj has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for QPR Software Oyj’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 25% to 21%.

What does this mean?

Though QPR Software Oyj’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. 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 time frame. I recommend you continue to research QPR Software Oyj to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for QPR1V’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for QPR1V’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are QPR1V’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 30 September 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.