Vesuvius India Limited's (NSE:VESUVIUS) Earnings Dropped -5.5%, Did Its Industry Show Weakness Too?

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For long term investors, improvement in profitability and outperformance against the industry can be important characteristics in a stock. In this article, I will take a look at Vesuvius India Limited's (NSE:VESUVIUS) track record on a high level, to give you some insight into how the company has been performing against its historical trend and its industry peers.

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Despite a decline, did VESUVIUS underperform the long-term trend and the industry?

VESUVIUS's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of ₹900m has declined by -5.5% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, 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 VESUVIUS is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s take a look at what’s going on with margins and if the rest of the industry is feeling the heat.

NSEI:VESUVIUS Income Statement, May 12th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Vesuvius India has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 12% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 7.5% exceeds the IN Machinery industry of 7.3%, indicating Vesuvius India has used its assets more efficiently. Though, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Vesuvius India’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 21% to 16%.

What does this mean?

Vesuvius India's track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn't tell the whole story. Companies that are profitable, but have volatile earnings, can have many factors influencing its business. I suggest you continue to research Vesuvius India to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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