Is There More To The Story Than AptarGroup’s (NYSE:ATR) Earnings Growth?

It might be old fashioned, but we really like to invest in companies that make a profit, each and every year. 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. This article will consider whether AptarGroup‘s (NYSE:ATR) statutory profits are a good guide to its underlying earnings.

We like the fact that AptarGroup made a profit of US$234.3m on its revenue of US$2.87b, in the last year. One positive is that it has grown both its profit and its revenue, over the last few years.

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NYSE:ATR Income Statement, January 10th 2020
NYSE:ATR Income Statement, January 10th 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 AptarGroup’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

Importantly, our data indicates that AptarGroup’s profit was reduced by US$50m, due to unusual items, over the last year. While deductions due to unusual items are disappointing in the first instance, there is a silver lining. We looked at thousands of listed companies and found that unusual items are very often one-off in nature. And that’s hardly a surprise given these line items are considered unusual. If AptarGroup 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 AptarGroup’s Profit Performance

Unusual items (expenses) detracted from AptarGroup’s earnings over the last year, but we might see an improvement next year. Based on this observation, we consider it likely that AptarGroup’s statutory profit actually understates its earnings potential! And the EPS is up 17% annually, over the last three years. Of course, we’ve only just scratched the surface when it comes to analysing its earnings; one could also consider margins, forecast growth, and return on investment, among other factors. 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. At Simply Wall St, we have analyst estimates which you can view by clicking here.

Today we’ve zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of AptarGroup’s profit. But there is always more to discover if you are capable of focussing your mind on minutiae. For example, many people consider a high return on equity as an indication of favorable business economics, while others like to ‘follow the money’ and search out stocks that insiders are buying. So you may wish to see this free collection of companies boasting high return on equity, or this list of stocks that insiders are buying.

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