Cellnet Group Limited's (ASX:CLT) healthy profit numbers didn't contain any surprises for investors. We believe that shareholders have noticed some concerning factors beyond the statutory profit numbers.
The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
To properly understand Cellnet Group's profit results, we need to consider the AU$1.2m 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 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. Cellnet Group had a rather significant contribution from unusual items relative to its profit to June 2021. As a result, we can surmise that the unusual items are making its statutory profit significantly stronger than it would otherwise be.
Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Cellnet Group.
Our Take On Cellnet Group's Profit Performance
As we discussed above, we think the significant positive unusual item makes Cellnet Group's earnings a poor guide to its underlying profitability. As a result, we think it may well be the case that Cellnet Group's underlying earnings power is lower than its statutory profit. The good news is that it earned a profit in the last twelve months, despite its previous loss. The goal of this article has been to assess how well we can rely on the statutory earnings to reflect the company's potential, but there is plenty more to consider. If you'd like to know more about Cellnet Group as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 6 warning signs for Cellnet Group (of which 1 is a bit concerning!) you should know about.
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