Does Lindab International AB’s (STO:LIAB) 14% Earnings Growth Make It An Outperformer?

Measuring Lindab International AB’s (STO:LIAB) track record of past performance is a valuable exercise for investors. It allows us to understand whether or not the company has met or exceed expectations, which is an insightful signal for future performance. Today I will assess LIAB’s recent performance announced on 31 December 2018 and compare these figures to its historical trend and industry movements.

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

LIAB’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of kr394m has jumped 14% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 6.2%, indicating the rate at which LIAB is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Well, let’s take a look at if it is only due to industry tailwinds, or if Lindab International has experienced some company-specific growth.

OM:LIAB Income Statement, April 4th 2019
OM:LIAB Income Statement, April 4th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Lindab International has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 8.8% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 5.2% is below the SE Building industry of 6.8%, indicating Lindab International’s are utilized less efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Lindab International’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 8.5% to 11%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 61% to 26% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Lindab International’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly 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 recommend you continue to research Lindab International to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for LIAB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for LIAB’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are LIAB’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 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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