The subdued stock price reaction suggests that IAMGOLD Corporation's (TSE:IMG) strong earnings didn't offer any surprises. Our analysis suggests that investors might be missing some promising details.
How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?
To properly understand IAMGOLD's profit results, we need to consider the US$67m expense attributed to unusual items. While deductions due to unusual items are disappointing in the first instance, there is a silver lining. 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. If IAMGOLD doesn't see those unusual expenses repeat, then all else being equal we'd expect its profit to increase over the coming year.
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 IAMGOLD's Profit Performance
Because unusual items detracted from IAMGOLD's earnings over the last year, you could argue that we can expect an improved result in the current quarter. Based on this observation, we consider it likely that IAMGOLD's statutory profit actually understates its earnings potential! And one can definitely find a positive in the fact that it made a profit this year, despite losing money 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. In light of this, if you'd like to do more analysis on the company, it's vital to be informed of the risks involved. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 2 warning signs with IAMGOLD, and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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