Was Helen of Troy Limited’s (NASDAQ:HELE) Earnings Growth Better Than The Industry’s?

Assessing Helen of Troy Limited’s (NASDAQ:HELE) past track record of performance is a useful exercise for investors. It allows us to understand whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a great indicator for future performance. Below, I assess HELE’s latest performance announced on 28 February 2019 and evaluate these figures to its historical trend and industry movements.

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Could HELE beat the long-term trend and outperform its industry?

HELE’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 28 February 2019) of US$174m has jumped 35% 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 HELE is growing has accelerated. What’s the driver of this growth? Let’s take a look at whether it is solely due to an industry uplift, or if Helen of Troy has experienced some company-specific growth.

NasdaqGS:HELE Income Statement, May 17th 2019
NasdaqGS:HELE Income Statement, May 17th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Helen of Troy has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 17% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 11% exceeds the US Consumer Durables industry of 7.1%, indicating Helen of Troy has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Helen of Troy’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 9.2% to 15%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. While Helen of Troy has a good historical track record with positive growth and profitability, there’s no certainty that this will extrapolate into the future. I suggest you continue to research Helen of Troy to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HELE’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HELE’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are HELE’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 28 February 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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