Should You Use Hackett Group’s (NASDAQ:HCKT) Statutory Earnings To Analyse It?

Broadly speaking, profitable businesses are less risky than unprofitable ones. That said, the current statutory profit is not always a good guide to a company’s underlying profitability. In this article, we’ll look at how useful this year’s statutory profit is, when analysing Hackett Group (NASDAQ:HCKT).

We like the fact that Hackett Group made a profit of US$23.7m on its revenue of US$258.7m, in the last year. As you can see in the chart below, it has grown its profits over the last three years, despite the fact its revenue has been steady.

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NasdaqGS:HCKT Income Statement, February 10th 2020
NasdaqGS:HCKT Income Statement, February 10th 2020

Of course, when it comes to statutory profit, the devil is often in the detail, and we can get a better sense for a company by diving deeper into the financial statements. This article will focus on the impact unusual items have had on Hackett Group’s statutory earnings. 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 Hackett Group’s profit beyond the statutory numbers, it’s important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit was reduced by US$5.7m due to unusual items. While deductions due to unusual items are disappointing in the first instance, there is a silver lining. 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. If Hackett Group 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 Hackett Group’s Profit Performance

Unusual items (expenses) detracted from Hackett Group’s earnings over the last year, but we might see an improvement next year. Because of this, we think Hackett Group’s earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! And on top of that, its earnings per share have grown at 24% per year 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. Ultimately, this article has formed an opinion based on historical data. However, it can also be great to think about 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 Hackett Group’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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