Does Sartorius Stedim Biotech S.A.'s (EPA:DIM) Past Performance Indicate A Stronger Future?

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Measuring Sartorius Stedim Biotech S.A.'s (ENXTPA:DIM) track record of past performance is an insightful exercise for investors. It enables us to reflect on whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a powerful signal for future performance. Below, I will assess DIM's recent performance announced on 30 September 2019 and compare these figures to its historical trend and industry movements.

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Did DIM's recent earnings growth beat the long-term trend and the industry?

DIM's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 September 2019) of €247m has jumped 33% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 21%, indicating the rate at which DIM is growing has accelerated. What's the driver of this growth? Well, let’s take a look at whether it is only a result of an industry uplift, or if Sartorius Stedim Biotech has seen some company-specific growth.

ENXTPA:DIM Income Statement, December 3rd 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Sartorius Stedim Biotech has invested its equity funds well leading to a 21% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 14% exceeds the FR Life Sciences industry of 6.8%, indicating Sartorius Stedim Biotech has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Sartorius Stedim Biotech’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 26% to 25%.

What does this mean?

Sartorius Stedim Biotech's track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn't tell the whole story. While Sartorius Stedim Biotech has a good historical track record with positive growth and profitability, there's no certainty that this will extrapolate into the future. I recommend you continue to research Sartorius Stedim Biotech to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for DIM’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for DIM’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are DIM’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 30 September 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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