Does Redde plc’s (LON:REDD) Recent Track Record Look Strong?

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After reading Redde plc’s (LON:REDD) most recent earnings announcement (30 June 2018), I found it useful to look back at how the company has performed in the past and compare this against the latest numbers. As a long term investor, I pay close attention to earnings trend, rather than the figures published at one point in time. I also compare against an industry benchmark to check whether Redde’s performance has been impacted by industry movements. In this article I briefly touch on my key findings.

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

REDD’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 June 2018) of UK£35m has jumped 29% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of -0.4%, indicating the rate at which REDD is growing has accelerated. What’s enabled this growth? Let’s take a look at if it is merely attributable to an industry uplift, or if Redde has seen some company-specific growth.

AIM:REDD Income Statement Export February 12th 19
AIM:REDD Income Statement Export February 12th 19

In terms of returns from investment, Redde has invested its equity funds well leading to a 22% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 9.3% exceeds the GB Transportation industry of 5.6%, indicating Redde has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Redde’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 13% to 22%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 26% to 24% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Though Redde’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. While Redde 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 Redde to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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