Should Fly Leasing Limited’s (NYSE:FLY) Recent Earnings Worry You?

Understanding how Fly Leasing Limited (NYSE:FLY) is performing as a company requires looking at more than just a years’ earnings. Today I will run you through a basic sense check to gain perspective on how Fly Leasing is doing by comparing its latest earnings with its long-term trend as well as the performance of its trade distributors industry peers.

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Have FLY’s earnings improved against past performances and the industry?

FLY’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2018) of US$7.18m has
NYSE:FLY Income Statement Export August 10th 18
NYSE:FLY Income Statement Export August 10th 18
In terms of returns from investment, Fly Leasing has not invested its equity funds well, leading to a 1.29% return on equity (ROE), below the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 3.71% is below the US Trade Distributors industry of 6.24%, indicating Fly Leasing’s are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Fly Leasing’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 2.21% to 1.79%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 358.46% to 476.05% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Though Fly Leasing’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. You should continue to research Fly Leasing to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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