Was Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.’s (NYSE:MMC) Earnings Growth Better Than The Industry’s?

Assessing Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.’s (NYSE:MMC) 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 MMC’s latest performance announced on 31 December 2018 and evaluate these figures to its historical trend and industry movements.

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

MMC’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2018) of US$1.7b has jumped 11% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 4.0%, indicating the rate at which MMC is growing has accelerated. What’s enabled this growth? Well, let’s take a look at if it is only a result of an industry uplift, or if Marsh & McLennan Companies has seen some company-specific growth.

NYSE:MMC Income Statement, March 14th 2019
NYSE:MMC Income Statement, March 14th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Marsh & McLennan Companies has invested its equity funds well leading to a 22% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 8.9% exceeds the US Insurance industry of 2.2%, indicating Marsh & McLennan Companies has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Marsh & McLennan Companies’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 17% to 18%.

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 Marsh & McLennan Companies gives investors conviction. However, the next step would be to assess whether the future looks as optimistic. I recommend you continue to research Marsh & McLennan Companies to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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

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