Did Solstad Farstad ASA’s (OB:SOFF) Recent Earnings Growth Beat The Trend?

For long term investors, improvement in profitability and outperformance against the industry can be important characteristics in a stock. In this article, I will take a look at Solstad Farstad ASA’s (OB:SOFF) 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 Solstad Farstad

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

For the purpose of this commentary, 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 method enables me to analyze different companies on a more comparable basis, using the most relevant data points. For Solstad Farstad, its latest trailing-twelve-month earnings is -ØRE375.73M, which, in comparison to the previous year’s level, has become less negative. Since these values may be fairly short-term, I’ve computed an annualized five-year figure for SOFF’s earnings, which stands at -ØRE191.27M. This shows that, Solstad Farstad has historically performed better than recently, although it seems like earnings are now heading back in the right direction again.

OB:SOFF Income Statement Mar 26th 18
OB:SOFF Income Statement Mar 26th 18
We can further evaluate Solstad Farstad’s loss by looking at what the industry has been experiencing over the past few years. Each year, for the past five years Solstad Farstad’s revenue growth has been fairly subdued, with an annual growth rate of -0.082%, on average. The company’s inability to breakeven has been aided by the relatively flat top-line in the past. Viewing growth from a sector-level, the NO energy services industry has been growing growth, more than doubling average earnings in the prior year, . This is a a strong change from a volatile drop of -4.61% in the last few years. This suggests that whatever tailwind the industry is benefiting from, Solstad Farstad has not been able to gain as much as its industry peers.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. With companies that are currently loss-making, it is always difficult to envisage what will occur going forward, and when. The most valuable step is to examine company-specific issues Solstad Farstad may be facing and whether management guidance has regularly been met in the past. I suggest you continue to research Solstad Farstad to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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