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There May Be Reason For Hope In Transcontinental's (TSE:TCL.A) Disappointing Earnings

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Transcontinental Inc.'s (TSE:TCL.A) recent soft profit numbers didn't appear to worry shareholders, as the stock price showed strength. Our analysis suggests that investors may have noticed some promising signs beyond the statutory profit figures.

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TSX:TCL.A Earnings and Revenue History June 13th 2024

The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit

To properly understand Transcontinental's profit results, we need to consider the CA$69m expense attributed to unusual items. It's never great to see unusual items costing the company profits, but on the upside, things might improve sooner rather than later. 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 Transcontinental 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 Transcontinental's Profit Performance

Unusual items (expenses) detracted from Transcontinental's earnings over the last year, but we might see an improvement next year. Because of this, we think Transcontinental's earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! On the other hand, its EPS actually shrunk in the last twelve months. 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 while earnings quality is important, it's equally important to consider the risks facing Transcontinental at this point in time. You'd be interested to know, that we found 2 warning signs for Transcontinental and you'll want to know about these bad boys.

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Transcontinental's profit. But there is always more to discover if you are capable of focussing your mind on minutiae. 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 with high insider ownership.

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