How Does Rathbone Brothers Plc’s (LON:RAT) Earnings Growth Stack Up Against Industry Performance?

Examining Rathbone Brothers Plc’s (LON:RAT) 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 RAT’s latest performance announced on 30 June 2018 and compare these figures to its longer term trend and industry movements.

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Could RAT beat the long-term trend and outperform its industry?

RAT’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 June 2018) of UK£61m has jumped 44% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 8.3%, indicating the rate at which RAT is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Well, let’s take a look at if it is solely attributable to industry tailwinds, or if Rathbone Brothers has seen some company-specific growth.

LSE:RAT Income Statement Export December 17th 18
LSE:RAT Income Statement Export December 17th 18

In terms of returns from investment, Rathbone Brothers has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 14% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 2.3% is below the GB Capital Markets industry of 6.4%, indicating Rathbone Brothers’s are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Rathbone Brothers’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 20% to 17%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 0.2% to 5.3% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Positive growth and profitability are what investors like to see in a company’s track record, but how do we properly assess sustainability? I suggest you continue to research Rathbone Brothers to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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