Where Norwegian Finans Holding ASA (OB:NOFI) Stands In Terms Of Earnings Growth Against Its Industry

Improvement in profitability and outperformance against the industry can be important characteristics in a stock for some investors. Below, I will assess Norwegian Finans Holding ASA’s (OB:NOFI) track record on a high level, to give you some insight into how the company has been performing against its historical trend and its industry peers. Check out our latest analysis for Norwegian Finans Holding

Were NOFI’s earnings stronger than its past performances and the industry?

I like to use data from the most recent 12 months, which annualizes the most recent half-year data, or in some cases, the latest annual report is already the most recent financial year data. This blend enables me to assess different stocks on a similar basis, using the latest information. For Norwegian Finans Holding, its most recent earnings (trailing twelve month) is ØRE1.60B, which, in comparison to the previous year’s level, has escalated by an impressive 66.46%. Since these values may be somewhat myopic, I have estimated an annualized five-year figure for Norwegian Finans Holding’s earnings, which stands at ØRE489.27M This suggests that, generally, Norwegian Finans Holding has been able to increasingly grow its earnings over the past couple of years as well.

OB:NOFI Income Statement Apr 3rd 18
OB:NOFI Income Statement Apr 3rd 18
How has it been able to do this? Well, let’s take a look at whether it is solely owing to an industry uplift, or if Norwegian Finans Holding has seen some company-specific growth. In the last couple of years, Norwegian Finans Holding grew its bottom line faster than revenue by efficiently controlling its costs. This resulted in a margin expansion and profitability over time. Looking at growth from a sector-level, the NO banks industry has been growing, albeit, at a muted single-digit rate of 7.45% over the prior year, and 5.84% over the past five years. This shows that any uplift the industry is profiting from, Norwegian Finans Holding is capable of leveraging this to its advantage.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Companies that have performed well in the past, such as Norwegian Finans Holding gives investors conviction. However, the next step would be to assess whether the future looks as optimistic. I recommend you continue to research Norwegian Finans Holding to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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