Does Alten SA’s (EPA:ATE) Recent Track Record Look Strong?

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Assessing Alten SA’s (EPA:ATE) 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 ATE’s recent performance announced on 31 December 2018 and evaluate these figures to its long-term trend and industry movements.

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

ATE’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of €158m has increased by 7.4% compared to the previous year.

However, this one-year growth rate has been lower than its average earnings growth rate over the past 5 years of 17%, indicating the rate at which ATE is growing has slowed down. Why could this be happening? Well, let’s look at what’s going on with margins and if the rest of the industry is experiencing the hit as well.

ENXTPA:ATE Income Statement, June 17th 2019
ENXTPA:ATE Income Statement, June 17th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Alten has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 17% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 9.6% exceeds the FR IT industry of 4.4%, indicating Alten has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Alten’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 22% to 21%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 1.2% to 11% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Companies that have performed well in the past, such as Alten gives investors conviction. However, the next step would be to assess whether the future looks as optimistic. I recommend you continue to research Alten to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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