Elanor Investors Group's (ASX:ENN) Earnings Aren't As Good As They Appear

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 30, 2021
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We didn't see Elanor Investors Group's (ASX:ENN) stock surge when it reported robust earnings recently. We looked deeper into the numbers and found that shareholders might be concerned with some underlying weaknesses.

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ASX:ENN Earnings and Revenue History August 30th 2021

Operating Revenue Or Not?

Companies will classify their revenue streams as either operating revenue or other revenue. Where possible, we prefer rely on operating revenue to get a better understanding of how the business is functioning. However, we note that when non-operating revenue increases suddenly, it will sometimes generate an unsustainable boost to profit. It's worth noting that Elanor Investors Group saw a big increase in non-operating revenue over the last year. Indeed, its non-operating revenue rose from -AU$1.87m last year to AU$11.8m this year. The high levels of non-operating revenue are problematic because if (and when) they do not repeat, then overall revenue (and profitability) of the firm will fall. In order to better understand a company's profit result, it can sometimes help to consider whether the result would be very different without a sudden increase in non-operating revenue.

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?

Alongside that spike in non-operating revenue, it's also important to note that Elanor Investors Group'sprofit was boosted by unusual items worth AU$4.8m in the last twelve months. 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 crunched the numbers on thousands of publicly listed companies, we found that a boost from unusual items in a given year is often not repeated the next year. Which is hardly surprising, given the name. If Elanor Investors Group doesn't see that contribution repeat, then all else being equal we'd expect its profit to drop over the current year.

Our Take On Elanor Investors Group's Profit Performance

In the last year Elanor Investors Group's non-operating revenue really gave it a boost, but not in a way that is necessarily going to be sustained. And on top of that, it also saw an unusual item boost its profit, suggesting that next year might see a lower profit number, if these events are not repeated and everything else is equal. For the reasons mentioned above, we think that a perfunctory glance at Elanor Investors Group's statutory profits might make it look better than it really is on an underlying level. If you'd like to know more about Elanor Investors Group as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for Elanor Investors Group you should be mindful of and 1 of these bad boys makes us a bit uncomfortable.

In this article we've looked at a number of factors that can impair the utility of profit numbers, and we've come away cautious. 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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