Are CVR Energy’s (NYSE:CVI) Statutory Earnings A Good Reflection Of Its Earnings Potential?

It might be old fashioned, but we really like to invest in companies that make a profit, each and every year. Having said that, sometimes statutory profit levels are not a good guide to ongoing profitability, because some short term one-off factor has impacted profit levels. In this article, we’ll look at how useful this year’s statutory profit is, when analysing CVR Energy (NYSE:CVI).

While CVR Energy was able to generate revenue of US$5.00b in the last twelve months, we think its profit result of US$71.0m was more important. As depicted below, while its revenue may have fallen over the last few years, its profit actually improved.

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NYSE:CVI Earnings and Revenue History August 17th 2020

Not all profits are equal, and we can learn more about the nature of a company’s past profitability by diving deeper into the financial statements. This article will discuss how unusual items have impacted CVR Energy’s most recent profit results. That might leave you wondering what analysts are forecasting in terms of future profitability. Luckily, you can click here to see an interactive graph depicting future profitability, based on their estimates.

How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?

For anyone who wants to understand CVR Energy’s profit beyond the statutory numbers, it’s important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit was reduced by US$49.0m due to unusual items. It’s never great to see unusual items costing the company profits, but on the upside, things might improve sooner rather than later. When we analysed the vast majority of listed companies worldwide, we found that significant unusual items are often not repeated. And, after all, that’s exactly what the accounting terminology implies. In the twelve months to June 2020, CVR Energy had a big unusual items expense. All else being equal, this would likely have the effect of making the statutory profit look worse than its underlying earnings power.

Our Take On CVR Energy’s Profit Performance

As we discussed above, we think the significant unusual expense will make CVR Energy’s statutory profit lower than it would otherwise have been. Because of this, we think CVR Energy’s underlying earnings potential is as good as, or possibly even better, than the statutory profit makes it seem! Better yet, its EPS are growing strongly, which is nice to see. At the end of the day, it’s essential to consider more than just the factors above, if you want to understand the company properly. So if you’d like to dive deeper into this stock, it’s crucial to consider any risks it’s facing. When we did our research, we found 4 warning signs for CVR Energy (1 is concerning!) that we believe deserve your full attention.

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