Did LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, Société Européenne’s (EPA:MC) Recent Earnings Growth Beat The Trend?

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When LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, Société Européenne (EPA:MC) released its most recent earnings update (31 December 2018), I compared it against two factor: its historical earnings track record, and the performance of its industry peers on average. Understanding how LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton Société Européenne performed requires a benchmark rather than trying to assess a standalone number at one point in time. Below is a quick commentary on how I see MC has performed.

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Did MC beat its long-term earnings growth trend and its industry?

MC’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of €6.4b has jumped 18% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 8.1%, indicating the rate at which MC is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Well, let’s take a look at if it is only because of an industry uplift, or if LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton Société Européenne has seen some company-specific growth.

ENXTPA:MC Income Statement, July 5th 2019
ENXTPA:MC Income Statement, July 5th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton Société Européenne has invested its equity funds well leading to a 21% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 8.7% exceeds the FR Luxury industry of 5.7%, indicating LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton Société Européenne has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton Société Européenne’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 15% to 17%.

What does this mean?

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton Société Européenne’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. While LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton Société Européenne has a good historical track record with positive growth and profitability, there’s no certainty that this will extrapolate into the future. I recommend you continue to research LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton Société Européenne to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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