RGC Resources, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:RGCO) Earnings Grew 19%, Did It Beat Long-Term Trend?

Examining how RGC Resources, Inc. (NasdaqGM:RGCO) is performing as a company requires looking at more than just a years’ earnings. Below, I will run you through a simple sense check to build perspective on how RGC Resources is doing by comparing its most recent earnings with its historical trend, in addition to the performance of its gas utilities industry peers.

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How Well Did RGCO Perform?

RGCO’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 September 2019) of US$8.7m has jumped 19% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 13%, indicating the rate at which RGCO is growing has accelerated. What’s enabled this growth? Well, let’s take a look at if it is only a result of industry tailwinds, or if RGC Resources has experienced some company-specific growth.

NasdaqGM:RGCO Income Statement, November 25th 2019
NasdaqGM:RGCO Income Statement, November 25th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, RGC Resources has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 10% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 4.8% exceeds the US Gas Utilities industry of 4.3%, indicating RGC Resources has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for RGC Resources’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 8.2% to 4.9%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 76% to 124% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

RGC Resources’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. 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 RGC Resources to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Financial Health: Are RGCO’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.
  2. Valuation: What is RGCO worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether RGCO is currently mispriced by the market.
  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 30 September 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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