Are Sify Technologies’s (NASDAQ:SIFY) Statutory Earnings A Good Reflection Of Its Earnings Potential?

As a general rule, we think profitable companies are less risky than companies that lose money. That said, the current statutory profit is not always a good guide to a company’s underlying profitability. Today we’ll focus on whether this year’s statutory profits are a good guide to understanding Sify Technologies (NASDAQ:SIFY).

We like the fact that Sify Technologies made a profit of ₹1.02b on its revenue of ₹22.7b, in the last year. Happily, it has grown both its profit and revenue over the last three years, as you can see in the chart below.

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NasdaqCM:SIFY Income Statement, January 21st 2020
NasdaqCM:SIFY Income Statement, January 21st 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. In this article we will consider how Sify Technologies’s decision to issue new shares in the company has impacted returns to shareholders. 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.

In order to understand the potential for per share returns, it is essential to consider how much a company is diluting shareholders. In fact, Sify Technologies increased the number of shares on issue by 12% over the last twelve months by issuing new shares. Therefore, each share now receives a smaller portion of profit. To celebrate net income while ignoring dilution is like rejoicing because you have a single slice of a larger pizza, but ignoring the fact that the pizza is now cut into many more slices. You can see a chart of Sify Technologies’s EPS by clicking here.

How Is Dilution Impacting Sify Technologies’s Earnings Per Share? (EPS)

As you can see above, Sify Technologies has been growing its net income over the last few years, with an annualized gain of 104% over three years. In comparison, earnings per share only gained 70% over the same period. And in the last year the company managed to bump profit up by 2.2%. But that’s starkly different from the 8.8% drop in earnings per share. So you can see that the dilution has had a bit of an impact on shareholders.Therefore, the dilution is having a noteworthy influence on shareholder returnsAnd so, you can see quite clearly that dilution is influencing shareholder earnings.

If Sify Technologies’s EPS can grow over time then that drastically improves the chances of the share price moving in the same direction. But on the other hand, we’d be far less excited to learn profit (but not EPS) was improving. For the ordinary retail shareholder, EPS is a great measure to check your hypothetical “share” of the company’s profit.

Our Take On Sify Technologies’s Profit Performance

Each Sify Technologies share now gets a meaningfully smaller slice of its overall profit, due to dilution of existing shareholders. Because of this, we think that it may be that Sify Technologies’s statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. But on the bright side, its earnings per share have grown at an extremely impressive rate over the last three years. 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. While it’s really important to consider how well a company’s statutory earnings represent its true earnings power, it’s also worth taking a look at what analysts are forecasting for the future. Luckily, you can check out what analysts are forecsting by clicking here.

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