Awilco Drilling PLC (OB:AWDR): Should The Recent Earnings Drop Worry You?

Assessing Awilco Drilling PLC’s (OB:AWDR) past track record of performance is a valuable exercise for investors. It enables us to reflect on whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a great indicator for future performance. Today I will assess AWDR’s recent performance announced on 31 March 2018 and evaluate these figures to its longer term trend and industry movements. View our latest analysis for Awilco Drilling

Despite a decline, did AWDR underperform the long-term trend and the industry?

I look at the ‘latest twelve-month’ data, 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 technique enables me to examine different companies in a uniform manner using new information. For Awilco Drilling, its latest trailing-twelve-month earnings is US$31.48M, which, against last year’s level, has dropped by -14.44%. Since these values may be somewhat myopic, I’ve calculated an annualized five-year value for Awilco Drilling’s earnings, which stands at US$64.20M This doesn’t look much better, as earnings seem to have gradually been deteriorating over time.

OB:AWDR Income Statement May 18th 18
OB:AWDR Income Statement May 18th 18
What could be happening here? Let’s examine what’s going on with margins and whether the whole industry is feeling the heat. In the last couple of years, revenue growth has been lagging behind which indicates that Awilco Drilling’s bottom line has been propelled by unsustainable cost-reductions. Scanning growth from a sector-level, the NO energy services industry has been growing its average earnings by double-digit 32.94% in the prior twelve months, . This is a change from a volatile drop of -12.50% in the last few years. This means in the recent industry expansion, Awilco Drilling has not been able to gain as much as its industry peers.

What does this mean?

Though Awilco Drilling’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. In some cases, companies that endure an extended period of reduction in earnings are going through some sort of reinvestment phase in order to keep up with the latest industry expansion and disruption. I recommend you continue to research Awilco Drilling to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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