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Does Finning International Inc.'s (TSE:FTT) Past Performance Indicate A Stronger Future?

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Examining Finning International Inc.'s (TSX:FTT) past track record of performance is a valuable exercise for investors. It enables us to understand whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a powerful signal for future performance. Below, I will assess FTT's latest performance announced on 30 September 2019 and weigh these figures against its longer term trend and industry movements.

Check out our latest analysis for Finning International

How Well Did FTT Perform?

FTT's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 September 2019) of CA$247m has increased by 2.5% 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 7.6%, indicating the rate at which FTT is growing has slowed down. What could be happening here? Well, let’s take a look at what’s occurring with margins and whether the rest of the industry is feeling the heat.

TSX:FTT Income Statement, November 14th 2019
TSX:FTT Income Statement, November 14th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, Finning International has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 12% instead. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 5.4% exceeds the CA Trade Distributors industry of 5.0%, indicating Finning International has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Finning International’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 7.2% to 11%.

What does this mean?

Though Finning International'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? You should continue to research Finning International to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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

  2. Financial Health: Are FTT’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.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.

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