Photo-Me International plc (LON:PHTM): Has Recent Earnings Growth Beaten Long-Term Trend?

Measuring Photo-Me International plc’s (LON:PHTM) track record of past performance is a useful exercise for investors. It enables us to understand whether or not the company has met or exceed expectations, which is an insightful signal for future performance. Today I will assess PHTM’s recent performance announced on 30 April 2018 and weigh these figures against its long-term trend and industry movements.

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How Did PHTM’s Recent Performance Stack Up Against Its Past?

PHTM’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 April 2018) of UK£40m has jumped 15% 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 15%, indicating the rate at which PHTM is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s take a look at what’s going on with margins and if the entire industry is experiencing the hit as well.

LSE:PHTM Income Statement Export October 25th 18
LSE:PHTM Income Statement Export October 25th 18

In terms of returns from investment, Photo-Me International has invested its equity funds well leading to a 28% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 17% exceeds the GB Leisure industry of 7.0%, indicating Photo-Me International has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Photo-Me International’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 34% to 26%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 0.8% to 23% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Though Photo-Me International’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. While Photo-Me International has a good historical track record with positive growth and profitability, there’s no certainty that this will extrapolate into the future. You should continue to research Photo-Me International to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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