Should The Walt Disney Company’s (NYSE:DIS) Recent Earnings Worry You?

Assessing The Walt Disney Company’s (NYSE:DIS) 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 DIS’s recent performance announced on 29 December 2018 and evaluate these figures to its long-term trend and industry movements.

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How Well Did DIS Perform?

DIS’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 29 December 2018) of US$11b has increased by 0.6% 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 11%, indicating the rate at which DIS is growing has slowed down. To understand what’s happening, let’s take a look at what’s occurring with margins and whether the rest of the industry is facing the same headwind.

NYSE:DIS Income Statement, March 5th 2019
NYSE:DIS Income Statement, March 5th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Walt Disney has invested its equity funds well leading to a 20% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 11% exceeds the US Entertainment industry of 7.4%, indicating Walt Disney has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Walt Disney’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 20% to 18%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 33% to 37% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Walt Disney’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. While Walt Disney has a good historical track record with positive growth and profitability, there’s no certainty that this will extrapolate into the future. You should continue to research Walt Disney to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for DIS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for DIS’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are DIS’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 29 December 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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