Does Itron’s (NASDAQ:ITRI) Statutory Profit Adequately Reflect Its Underlying Profit?

Broadly speaking, profitable businesses are less risky than unprofitable ones. 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. Today we’ll focus on whether this year’s statutory profits are a good guide to understanding Itron (NASDAQ:ITRI).

We like the fact that Itron made a profit of US$49.0m on its revenue of US$2.50b, in the last year.

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NasdaqGS:ITRI Income Statement April 21st 2020
NasdaqGS:ITRI Income Statement April 21st 2020

Importantly, statutory profits are not always the best tool for understanding a company’s true earnings power, so it’s well worth examining profits in a little more detail. This article will discuss how unusual items have impacted Itron’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

To properly understand Itron’s profit results, we need to consider the US$33m expense attributed 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 that’s hardly a surprise given these line items are considered unusual. Assuming those unusual expenses don’t come up again, we’d therefore expect Itron to produce a higher profit next year, all else being equal.

Our Take On Itron’s Profit Performance

Because unusual items detracted from Itron’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 Itron’s earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! And it’s also positive that the company showed enough improvement to book a profit this year, after losing money last year. 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. If you’d like to know more about Itron as a business, it’s important to be aware of any risks it’s facing. To help with this, we’ve discovered 3 warning signs (1 is significant!) that you ought to be aware of before buying any shares in Itron.

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