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Has Smart Metering Systems plc (LON:SMS) Improved Earnings In Recent Times?

Examining Smart Metering Systems plc’s (LON:SMS) 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 SMS’s latest performance announced on 30 June 2018 and weigh these figures against its longer term trend and industry movements.

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How Did SMS’s Recent Performance Stack Up Against Its Past?

SMS’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 30 June 2018) of UK£15m has declined by -1.4% 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 19%, indicating the rate at which SMS is growing has slowed down. Why could this be happening? Well, let’s look at what’s transpiring with margins and whether the rest of the industry is feeling the heat.

AIM:SMS Income Statement Export December 17th 18

In terms of returns from investment, Smart Metering Systems has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 6.6% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 4.5% is below the GB Electronic industry of 6.1%, indicating Smart Metering Systems’s are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Smart Metering Systems’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 14% to 6.6%.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Companies that are profitable, but have volatile earnings, can have many factors impacting its business. I recommend you continue to research Smart Metering Systems to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for SMS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SMS’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are SMS’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 June 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.