Does Texas Instruments Incorporated’s (NASDAQ:TXN) Past Performance Indicate A Stronger Future?

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In this commentary, I will examine Texas Instruments Incorporated’s (NASDAQ:TXN) latest earnings update (31 March 2019) and compare these figures against its performance over the past couple of years, as well as how the rest of the semiconductor industry performed. As an investor, I find it beneficial to assess TXN’s trend over the short-to-medium term in order to gauge whether or not the company is able to meet its goals, and ultimately sustainably grow over time.

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How Did TXN’s Recent Performance Stack Up Against Its Past?

TXN’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of US$5.4b has jumped 34% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 16%, indicating the rate at which TXN is growing has accelerated. What’s enabled this growth? Let’s see whether it is solely a result of an industry uplift, or if Texas Instruments has experienced some company-specific growth.

NasdaqGS:TXN Income Statement, July 5th 2019
NasdaqGS:TXN Income Statement, July 5th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Texas Instruments has invested its equity funds well leading to a 64% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 32% exceeds the US Semiconductor industry of 8.0%, indicating Texas Instruments has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Texas Instruments’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 32% to 42%.

What does this mean?

Though Texas Instruments’s past data is helpful, it is only one aspect of my investment thesis. While Texas Instruments 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 Texas Instruments to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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