Ceapro's (CVE:CZO) Robust Earnings Are Supported By Other Strong Factors

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 26, 2021
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Even though Ceapro Inc.'s (CVE:CZO) recent earnings release was robust, the market didn't seem to notice. Our analysis suggests that investors might be missing some promising details.

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TSXV:CZO Earnings and Revenue History May 27th 2021

Examining Cashflow Against Ceapro's Earnings

Many investors haven't heard of the accrual ratio from cashflow, but it is actually a useful measure of how well a company's profit is backed up by free cash flow (FCF) during a given period. 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.

Therefore, it's actually considered a good thing when a company has a negative accrual ratio, but a bad thing if its accrual ratio is positive. While it's not a problem to have a positive accrual ratio, indicating a certain level of non-cash profits, a high accrual ratio is arguably a bad thing, because it indicates paper profits are not matched by cash flow. Notably, there is some academic evidence that suggests that a high accrual ratio is a bad sign for near-term profits, generally speaking.

Ceapro has an accrual ratio of -0.10 for the year to March 2021. That implies it has good cash conversion, and implies that its free cash flow solidly exceeded its profit last year. To wit, it produced free cash flow of CA$3.4m during the period, dwarfing its reported profit of CA$1.24m. Ceapro shareholders are no doubt pleased that free cash flow improved over the last twelve months.

Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Ceapro.

Our Take On Ceapro's Profit Performance

As we discussed above, Ceapro has perfectly satisfactory free cash flow relative to profit. Based on this observation, we consider it likely that Ceapro'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. 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. If you'd like to know more about Ceapro as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. For example, Ceapro has 2 warning signs (and 1 which shouldn't be ignored) we think you should know about.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Ceapro'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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