Does Laxmi Cotspin Limited’s (NSE:LAXMICOT) -3.6% Earnings Drop Reflect A Longer Term Trend?

In this article, I will take a look at Laxmi Cotspin Limited’s (NSE:LAXMICOT) most recent earnings update (31 March 2018) and compare these latest figures against its performance over the past few years, along with how the rest of LAXMICOT’s industry performed. As a long-term investor, I find it useful to analyze the company’s trend over time in order to estimate whether or not the company is able to meet its goals, and eventually grow sustainably over time.

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Was LAXMICOT weak performance lately part of a long-term decline?

LAXMICOT’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2018) of ₹26m has declined by -3.6% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has been lower than its average earnings growth rate over the past 5 years of -0.8%, indicating the rate at which LAXMICOT is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s take a look at what’s transpiring with margins and if the rest of the industry is experiencing the hit as well.

NSEI:LAXMICOT Income Statement Export November 12th 18
NSEI:LAXMICOT Income Statement Export November 12th 18

In terms of returns from investment, Laxmi Cotspin has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 5.8% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 3.6% is below the IN Luxury industry of 5.8%, indicating Laxmi Cotspin’s are utilized less efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Laxmi Cotspin’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 2.1% to 7.0%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Companies that are profitable, but have volatile earnings, can have many factors affecting its business. You should continue to research Laxmi Cotspin to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for LAXMICOT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for LAXMICOT’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are LAXMICOT’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 March 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

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