PetMed Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETS): Did It Outperform The Industry?

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When PetMed Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETS) announced its most recent earnings (31 March 2019), I did two things: looked at its past earnings track record, then look at what is happening in the industry. Understanding how PetMed Express performed requires a benchmark rather than trying to assess a standalone number at one point in time. Below is a quick commentary on how I see PETS has performed.

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Did PETS’s recent performance beat its trend and industry?

PETS’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of US$38m has increased by 1.2% 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 21%, indicating the rate at which PETS is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s take a look at what’s occurring with margins and if the entire industry is experiencing the hit as well.

NasdaqGS:PETS Income Statement, June 1st 2019
NasdaqGS:PETS Income Statement, June 1st 2019

In terms of returns from investment, PetMed Express has invested its equity funds well leading to a 28% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 23% exceeds the US Online Retail industry of 5.4%, indicating PetMed Express has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for PetMed Express’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 39% to 34%.

What does this mean?

Though PetMed Express’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. Positive growth and profitability are what investors like to see in a company’s track record, but how do we properly assess sustainability? I recommend you continue to research PetMed Express to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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