Has Public Joint Stock Company Acron’s (MCX:AKRN) Earnings Momentum Changed Recently?

Examining Public Joint Stock Company Acron’s (MCX:AKRN) past track record of performance is a useful exercise for investors. It allows us to reflect on whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a powerful signal for future performance. Below, I will assess AKRN’s latest performance announced on 31 March 2018 and weight these figures against its longer term trend and industry movements.

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How AKRN fared against its long-term earnings performance and its industry

AKRN’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2018) of RUруб15.88b has increased by 6.0% compared to the previous year. Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 2.1%, indicating the rate at which AKRN is growing has accelerated. What’s enabled this growth? Let’s take a look at whether it is solely a result of industry tailwinds, or if Acron has seen some company-specific growth.

The ascend in earnings seems to be propelled by a substantial top-line increase beating its growth rate of expenses. Though this resulted in a margin contraction, it has made Acron more profitable. Looking at growth from a sector-level, the RU chemicals industry has been enduring some headwinds in the previous year, leading to an average earnings drop of -20.3%. This is a major change, given that the industry has constantly been delivering a a robust growth of 12.9% in the past half a decade. This growth is a median of profitable companies of 7 Chemicals companies in RU including KuibyshevAzot, PJSC PhosAgro and Uralkali. This shows that whatever near-term headwind the industry is enduring, Acron is relatively better-cushioned than its peers.

MISX:AKRN Income Statement Export August 27th 18
MISX:AKRN Income Statement Export August 27th 18
In terms of returns from investment, Acron has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 19.5% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 10.7% is below the RU Chemicals industry of 11.1%, indicating Acron’s are utilized less efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Acron’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 4.7% to 14.8%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Positive growth and profitability are what investors like to see in a company’s track record, but how do we properly assess sustainability? I suggest you continue to research Acron to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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

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