Many investors consider it preferable to invest in profitable companies over unprofitable ones, because profitability suggests a business is sustainable. 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. This article will consider whether New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership’s (NYSEMKT:NEN) statutory profits are a good guide to its underlying earnings.
We like the fact that New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership made a profit of US$6.12m on its revenue of US$64.3m, in the last year. While it managed to grow its revenue over the last three years, its profit has moved in the other direction, as you can see in the chart below.
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. Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership.
Our Take On New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership’s Profit Performance
Therefore, it seems possible to us that New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership’s true underlying earnings power is actually less than its statutory profit. Keep in mind, when it comes to analysing a stock it’s worth noting the risks involved. Case in point: We’ve spotted 2 warning signs for New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership you should be mindful of and 1 of these is potentially serious.
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