Does McBride plc’s (LON:MCB) Past Performance Indicate A Weaker Future?

For investors, increase in profitability and industry-beating performance can be essential considerations in an investment. Below, I will examine McBride plc’s (LON:MCB) track record on a high level, to give you some insight into how the company has been performing against its long term trend and its industry peers. See our latest analysis for McBride

Did MCB perform worse than its track record and industry?

MCB has recently become loss-making, with its trailing twelve-month earnings of -UK£2.90m (from 31 December 2017) compared to its previous earnings of UK£17.00m. The speed at which its operating expenses is growing has exceeded top-line growth, pulling MCB into the loss-making zone.

Looking at growth from a sector-level, the UK household products industry has been growing its average earnings by double-digit 21.32% over the prior twelve months, and a less exciting 9.94% over the last five years. This means whatever uplift the industry is benefiting from, McBride has not been able to realize the gains unlike its average peer.

LSE:MCB Income Statement June 15th 18
LSE:MCB Income Statement June 15th 18

What does this mean?

McBride’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. With companies that are currently loss-making, it is always difficult to envisage what will occur going forward, and when. The most valuable step is to assess company-specific issues McBride may be facing and whether management guidance has steadily been met in the past. I recommend you continue to research McBride to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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