Ava Risk Group Limited (ASX:AVA) just reported healthy earnings but the stock price didn't move much. We think that investors have missed some encouraging factors underlying the profit figures.
Examining Cashflow Against Ava Risk Group's Earnings
One key financial ratio used to measure how well a company converts its profit to free cash flow (FCF) is the accrual ratio. To get the accrual ratio we first subtract FCF from profit for a period, and then divide that number by the average operating assets for the period. The ratio shows us how much a company's profit exceeds its FCF.
As a result, a negative accrual ratio is a positive for the company, and a positive accrual ratio is a negative. That is not intended to imply we should worry about a positive accrual ratio, but it's worth noting where the accrual ratio is rather high. That's because some academic studies have suggested that high accruals ratios tend to lead to lower profit or less profit growth.
Over the twelve months to June 2021, Ava Risk Group recorded an accrual ratio of -0.17. That indicates that its free cash flow quite significantly exceeded its statutory profit. To wit, it produced free cash flow of AU$16m during the period, dwarfing its reported profit of AU$13.7m. Ava Risk Group shareholders are no doubt pleased that free cash flow improved over the last twelve months.
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.
Our Take On Ava Risk Group's Profit Performance
Happily for shareholders, Ava Risk Group produced plenty of free cash flow to back up its statutory profit numbers. Because of this, we think Ava Risk Group's underlying earnings potential is as good as, or possibly even better, than the statutory profit makes it seem! And on top of that, its earnings per share have grown at an extremely impressive rate over the last year. At the end of the day, it's essential to consider more than just the factors above, if you want to understand the company properly. If you'd like to know more about Ava Risk Group as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. Case in point: We've spotted 4 warning signs for Ava Risk Group you should be mindful of and 1 of these is significant.
This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Ava Risk 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. 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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