Interested In HMS Networks AB (publ) (STO:HMS)? Here’s How It Performed Recently

For investors with a long-term horizon, examining earnings trend over time and against industry peers is more insightful than looking at an earnings announcement in one point in time. Investors may find my commentary, albeit very high-level and brief, on HMS Networks AB (publ) (STO:HMS) useful as an attempt to give more color around how HMS Networks is currently performing.

Check out our latest analysis for HMS Networks

Did HMS’s recent earnings growth beat the long-term trend and the industry?

HMS’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 September 2018) of kr149m has increased by 0.1% compared to the previous year.

However, this one-year growth rate has been lower than its average earnings growth rate over the past 5 years of 22%, indicating the rate at which HMS is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s look at what’s going on with margins and whether the whole industry is facing the same headwind.

OM:HMS Income Statement Export December 10th 18
OM:HMS Income Statement Export December 10th 18

In terms of returns from investment, HMS Networks has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 18% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 9.8% exceeds the SE Electronic industry of 8.3%, indicating HMS Networks has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for HMS Networks’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 14% to 18%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 62% to 54% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

HMS Networks’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Companies that have performed well in the past, such as HMS Networks gives investors conviction. However, the next step would be to assess whether the future looks as optimistic. You should continue to research HMS Networks to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HMS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HMS’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are HMS’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 30 September 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.