Are Schneider National’s (NYSE:SNDR) Statutory Earnings A Good Guide To Its Underlying Profitability?

Statistically speaking, it is less risky to invest in profitable companies than in unprofitable ones. However, sometimes companies receive a one-off boost (or reduction) to their profit, and it’s not always clear whether statutory profits are a good guide, going forward. Today we’ll focus on whether this year’s statutory profits are a good guide to understanding Schneider National (NYSE:SNDR).

We like the fact that Schneider National made a profit of US$147.0m on its revenue of US$4.75b, in the last year. As you can see in the chart below, its profit has declined over the last three years, even though its revenue has increased.

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NYSE:SNDR Income Statement April 10th 2020
NYSE:SNDR Income Statement April 10th 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 Schneider National’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.

The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit

For anyone who wants to understand Schneider National’s profit beyond the statutory numbers, it’s important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit was reduced by US$138m 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. We looked at thousands of listed companies and found that unusual items are very often one-off in nature. And, after all, that’s exactly what the accounting terminology implies. If Schneider National doesn’t see those unusual expenses repeat, then all else being equal we’d expect its profit to increase over the coming year.

Our Take On Schneider National’s Profit Performance

Because unusual items detracted from Schneider National’s earnings over the last year, you could argue that we can expect an improved result in the current quarter. Because of this, we think Schneider National’s earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! Unfortunately, though, its earnings per share actually fell back over the last year. The goal of this article has been to assess how well we can rely on the statutory earnings to reflect the company’s potential, but there is plenty more to consider. In light of this, if you’d like to do more analysis on the company, it’s vital to be informed of the risks involved. Every company has risks, and we’ve spotted 2 warning signs for Schneider National you should know about.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Schneider National’s profit. But there are plenty of other ways to inform your opinion of a company. Some people consider a high return on equity to be a good sign of a quality business. While it might take a little research on your behalf, you may find this free collection of companies boasting high return on equity, or this list of stocks that insiders are buying to be useful.

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