Here's Why We Don't Think Resource Development Group's (ASX:RDG) Statutory Earnings Reflect Its Underlying Earnings Potential

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 07, 2021
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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. Today we'll focus on whether this year's statutory profits are a good guide to understanding Resource Development Group (ASX:RDG).

We like the fact that Resource Development Group made a profit of AU$1.47m on its revenue of AU$30.4m, in the last year.

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ASX:RDG Earnings and Revenue History January 8th 2021

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. This article will focus on the impact unusual items have had on Resource Development Group's statutory earnings. Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Resource Development Group.

How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?

To properly understand Resource Development Group's profit results, we need to consider the AU$1.8m gain attributed to unusual items. We can't deny that higher profits generally leave us optimistic, but we'd prefer it if the profit were to be sustainable. When we analysed the vast majority of listed companies worldwide, we found that significant unusual items are often not repeated. And, after all, that's exactly what the accounting terminology implies. Resource Development Group had a rather significant contribution from unusual items relative to its profit to June 2020. All else being equal, this would likely have the effect of making the statutory profit a poor guide to underlying earnings power.

Our Take On Resource Development Group's Profit Performance

As we discussed above, we think the significant positive unusual item makes Resource Development Group'searnings a poor guide to its underlying profitability. For this reason, we think that Resource Development Group's statutory profits may be a bad guide to its underlying earnings power, and might give investors an overly positive impression of the company. The good news is that it earned a profit in the last twelve months, despite its previous loss. 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. So if you'd like to dive deeper into this stock, it's crucial to consider any risks it's facing. Our analysis shows 5 warning signs for Resource Development Group (1 is a bit concerning!) and we strongly recommend you look at them before investing.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Resource Development Group's profit. But there are plenty of other ways to inform your opinion of a company. 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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