Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE:MTX): Does The -16% Earnings Drop Reflect A Longer Term Trend?

Increase in profitability and industry-beating performance can be essential considerations in a stock for some investors. In this article, I will take a look at Minerals Technologies Inc.’s (NYSE:MTX) track record on a high level, to give you some insight into how the company has been performing against its historical trend and its industry peers.

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Despite a decline, did MTX underperform the long-term trend and the industry?

MTX’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of US$168m has declined by -16% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has been lower than its average earnings growth rate over the past 5 years of 18%, indicating the rate at which MTX is growing has slowed down. Why is this? Well, let’s take a look at what’s going on with margins and whether the whole industry is experiencing the hit as well.

NYSE:MTX Income Statement, May 24th 2019
NYSE:MTX Income Statement, May 24th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Minerals Technologies has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 12% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 6.8% is below the US Chemicals industry of 7.1%, indicating Minerals Technologies’s are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Minerals Technologies’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 9.5% to 9.1%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 13% to 74% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Minerals Technologies’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Companies that are profitable, but have capricious earnings, can have many factors affecting its business. You should continue to research Minerals Technologies to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for MTX’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MTX’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are MTX’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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