Was Dunelm Group plc's (LON:DNLM) Earnings Growth Better Than The Industry's?

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Examining Dunelm Group plc's (LSE:DNLM) past track record of performance is a useful exercise for investors. It allows us to reflect on whether the company has met or exceed expectations, which is a powerful signal for future performance. Below, I will assess DNLM's latest performance announced on 28 December 2019 and weight these figures against its longer term trend and industry movements.

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How DNLM fared against its long-term earnings performance and its industry

DNLM's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 28 December 2019) of UK£113m has jumped 35% compared to the previous year.

Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of -0.9%, indicating the rate at which DNLM is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Let's take a look at if it is only because of industry tailwinds, or if Dunelm Group has experienced some company-specific growth.

LSE:DNLM Income Statement April 9th 2020

In terms of returns from investment, Dunelm Group has invested its equity funds well leading to a 78% return on equity (ROE), above the sensible minimum of 20%. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 18% exceeds the GB Specialty Retail industry of 4.4%, indicating Dunelm Group has used its assets more efficiently. However, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Dunelm Group’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 45% to 32%. This correlates with an increase in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio rising from 0.9% to 47% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

Dunelm Group'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 Dunelm Group to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for DNLM’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for DNLM’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are DNLM’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 28 December 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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