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When Reno De Medici S.p.A. (BIT:RM) announced its most recent earnings (31 March 2019), I did two things: looked at its past earnings track record, then look at what is happening in the industry. Understanding how Reno De Medici performed requires a benchmark rather than trying to assess a standalone number at one point in time. Below is a quick commentary on how I see RM has performed.
Despite a decline, did RM underperform the long-term trend and the industry?
RM’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of €22m has declined by -11% 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 21%, indicating the rate at which RM is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s look at what’s going on with margins and whether the entire industry is feeling the heat.
In terms of returns from investment, Reno De Medici has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 11% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 4.5% is below the IT Packaging industry of 5.7%, indicating Reno De Medici’s are utilized less efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Reno De Medici’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 7.2% to 12%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 53% to 50% over the past 5 years.
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 impacting its business. I recommend you continue to research Reno De Medici to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for RM’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for RM’s outlook.
- Financial Health: Are RM’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.
- 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 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.
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