Did Streamwide SA.’s (EPA:ALSTW) Earnings Growth Outperform The Industry?

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 Streamwide SA.’s (ENXTPA:ALSTW) 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. See our latest analysis for Streamwide

Were ALSTW’s earnings stronger than its past performances and the industry?

I like to use the ‘latest twelve-month’ data, which annualizes the most recent half-year data, or in some cases, the latest annual report is already the most recent financial year data. This technique allows me to examine various companies on a more comparable basis, using new information. For Streamwide, its latest earnings (trailing twelve month) is -€257.00K, which compared to the previous year’s figure, has become less negative. Given that these values may be somewhat short-term, I’ve created an annualized five-year figure for Streamwide’s earnings, which stands at €568.44K.

ENXTPA:ALSTW Income Statement Mar 15th 18
ENXTPA:ALSTW Income Statement Mar 15th 18
We can further examine Streamwide’s loss by looking at what the industry has been experiencing over the past few years. Each year, for the past half a decade Streamwide has seen an annual decline in revenue of -6.24%, on average. This adverse movement is a driver of the company’s inability to reach breakeven. Has the entire industry experienced this headwind? Looking at growth from a sector-level, the FR software industry has been growing its average earnings by double-digit 10.85% in the prior twelve months, and a less exciting 7.70% over the past five years. This means although Streamwide is presently loss-making, it may have benefited from industry tailwinds, moving earnings into a more favorable position.

What does this mean?

Though Streamwide’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. With companies that are currently loss-making, it is always difficult to envisage what will occur going forward, and when. The most insightful step is to assess company-specific issues Streamwide may be facing and whether management guidance has consistently been met in the past. I suggest you continue to research Streamwide to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  • 1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ALSTW’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ALSTW’s outlook.
  • 2. Financial Health: Is ALSTW’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 June 2017. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.