When The Chefs’ Warehouse, Inc.’s (NasdaqGS:CHEF) announced its latest earnings (27 September 2019), I wanted to understand how these figures stacked up against its past performance. The two benchmarks I used were Chefs’ Warehouse’s average earnings over the past couple of years, and its industry performance. These are useful yardsticks to help me gauge whether or not CHEF actually performed well. Below is a quick commentary on how I see CHEF has performed.
How Did CHEF’s Recent Performance Stack Up Against Its Past?
CHEF’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 27 September 2019) of US$22m has increased by 5.7% 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 14%, indicating the rate at which CHEF is growing has slowed down. To understand what’s happening, let’s take a look at what’s occurring with margins and whether the whole industry is feeling the heat.
In terms of returns from investment, Chefs’ Warehouse has fallen short of achieving a 20% return on equity (ROE), recording 6.9% instead. Furthermore, its return on assets (ROA) of 4.7% is below the US Consumer Retailing industry of 5.2%, indicating Chefs’ Warehouse’s are utilized less efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for Chefs’ Warehouse’s debt level, has declined over the past 3 years from 8.2% to 7.3%.
What does this mean?
While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. While Chefs’ Warehouse has a good historical track record with positive growth and profitability, there’s no certainty that this will extrapolate into the future. You should continue to research Chefs’ Warehouse to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CHEF’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CHEF’s outlook.
- Financial Health: Are CHEF’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.
- 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 27 September 2019. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.
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