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Does ResMed Inc.'s (NYSE:RMD) Past Performance Indicate A Stronger Future?

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Measuring ResMed Inc.'s (NYSE:RMD) 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 RMD's recent performance announced on 31 March 2019 and compare these figures to its historical trend and industry movements.

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How Well Did RMD Perform?

RMD's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2019) of US$446m has jumped 45% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 1.5%, indicating the rate at which RMD is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Let's take a look at if it is merely due to industry tailwinds, or if ResMed has seen some company-specific growth.

NYSE:RMD Income Statement, May 30th 2019

In terms of returns from investment, ResMed has invested its equity funds well leading to a 22% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 11% exceeds the US Medical Equipment industry of 6.8%, indicating ResMed has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for ResMed’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 19% to 17%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 23% to 66% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

ResMed'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 suggest you continue to research ResMed to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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