Does Inter Parfums, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:IPAR) 29% Earnings Growth Make It An Outperformer?

Examining Inter Parfums, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:IPAR) past track record of performance is a useful exercise for investors. It allows us to reflect on whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a powerful signal for future performance. Below, I will assess IPAR’s latest performance announced on 31 March 2019 and weight these figures against its longer term trend and industry movements.

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

IPAR’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of US$57m has jumped 29% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 19%, indicating the rate at which IPAR is growing has accelerated. What’s the driver of this growth? Well, let’s take a look at whether it is only attributable to industry tailwinds, or if Inter Parfums has experienced some company-specific growth.

NasdaqGS:IPAR Income Statement, July 24th 2019
NasdaqGS:IPAR Income Statement, July 24th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Inter Parfums has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 12% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 6.7% is below the US Personal Products industry of 13%, indicating Inter Parfums’s are utilized less efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Inter Parfums’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 10.0% to 15%.

What does this mean?

Though Inter Parfums’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. Companies that have performed well in the past, such as Inter Parfums gives investors conviction. However, the next step would be to assess whether the future looks as optimistic. I suggest you continue to research Inter Parfums to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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

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