Course 405: Classic-Growth Stocks
What Are the Trends in Growth Rates?
In this course
1 Introduction
2 How Fast Has It Been Growing?
3 What Are the Trends in Growth Rates?
4 Where Is Growth Coming From?
5 Is Profitability Keeping Pace with Growth?
6 What Is the Company Doing with Its Profits?
7 Is the Company's Debt Leverage Increasing?
8 How Has the Stock Performed?
9 How Do the Stock's Price Valuations Compare with Those of Similar Firms?
10 Conclusion: Quality versus Price

A big danger with a classic-growth company is that it may be reaching the end of the growth stage of its life cycle and will soon slip into the slow-growth category. That's especially true of a company the size of McDonald's, which boasts more than $13 billion in annual sales. It is possible that the company has saturated its flagship U.S. market and has little room to grow. McDonald's growth has indeed slowed down in recent years. Its year-on-year growth in revenue and operating earnings fell below 10% in the late 1990s, after being in the teens during most of the decade. On the other hand, revenue growth and cash flow both increased in 1998 and 1999, indicating that the company still has some kick left in it.

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