Wallenius Wilhelmsen ASA’s (OB:WALWIL) Earnings Grew 31%, Did It Beat Long-Term Trend?

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Analyzing Wallenius Wilhelmsen ASA’s (OB:WALWIL) track record of past performance is a valuable exercise for investors. It enables us to reflect on whether or not the company has met expectations, which is a powerful signal for future performance. Today I will assess WALWIL’s recent performance announced on 31 March 2019 and compare these figures to its long-term trend and industry movements.

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

WALWIL’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of US$102m has jumped 31% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of -10%, indicating the rate at which WALWIL is growing has accelerated. What’s enabled this growth? Let’s take a look at if it is only owing to industry tailwinds, or if Wallenius Wilhelmsen has experienced some company-specific growth.

OB:WALWIL Income Statement, June 9th 2019
OB:WALWIL Income Statement, June 9th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Wallenius Wilhelmsen has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 3.8% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 3.0% is below the NO Shipping industry of 5.5%, indicating Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s are utilized less efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 3.1% to 4.8%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 89% to 72% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Recent positive growth isn’t always indicative of a continued optimistic outlook. There could be variables that are affecting the entire industry thus the high industry growth rate over the same period of time. I recommend you continue to research Wallenius Wilhelmsen to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for WALWIL’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for WALWIL’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are WALWIL’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 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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