Was WD-40 Company’s (NASDAQ:WDFC) Earnings Growth Better Than The Industry’s?

Examining WD-40 Company’s (NASDAQ:WDFC) past track record of performance is an insightful exercise for investors. It allows us to reflect on whether or not the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a great indicator for future performance. Today I will assess WDFC’s latest performance announced on 30 November 2018 and compare these figures to its longer term trend and industry movements.

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Commentary On WDFC’s Past Performance

WDFC’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 November 2018) of US$65m has jumped 22% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 9.2%, indicating the rate at which WDFC is growing has accelerated. What’s enabled this growth? Well, let’s take a look at whether it is only attributable to an industry uplift, or if WD-40 has seen some company-specific growth.

NasdaqGS:WDFC Income Statement, March 11th 2019
NasdaqGS:WDFC Income Statement, March 11th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, WD-40 has invested its equity funds well leading to a 43% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 23% exceeds the US Household Products industry of 8.4%, indicating WD-40 has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for WD-40’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 22% to 34%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Companies that have performed well in the past, such as WD-40 gives investors conviction. However, the next step would be to assess whether the future looks as optimistic. I recommend you continue to research WD-40 to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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

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