Does MarketAxess Holdings Inc.’s (NASDAQ:MKTX) Recent Track Record Look Strong?

Measuring MarketAxess Holdings Inc.’s (NASDAQ:MKTX) 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 MKTX’s recent performance announced on 30 June 2019 and compare these figures to its historical trend and industry movements.

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

MKTX’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 June 2019) of US$185m has jumped 19% 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 19%, indicating the rate at which MKTX is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s take a look at what’s occurring with margins and if the entire industry is feeling the heat.

NasdaqGS:MKTX Income Statement, August 5th 2019
NasdaqGS:MKTX Income Statement, August 5th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, MarketAxess Holdings has invested its equity funds well leading to a 28% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 22% exceeds the US Capital Markets industry of 1.2%, indicating MarketAxess Holdings has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for MarketAxess Holdings’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 38% to 30%.

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 MarketAxess Holdings to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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

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