Till Capital Corporation's (CVE:TIL) recent weak earnings report didn't cause a big stock movement. Our analysis suggests that along with soft profit numbers, investors should be aware of some other underlying weaknesses in the numbers.
Examining Cashflow Against Till Capital'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. This ratio tells us how much of a company's profit is not backed by free cashflow.
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. 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. To quote a 2014 paper by Lewellen and Resutek, "firms with higher accruals tend to be less profitable in the future".
Till Capital has an accrual ratio of 0.34 for the year to June 2022. We can therefore deduce that its free cash flow fell well short of covering its statutory profit, suggesting we might want to think twice before putting a lot of weight on the latter. Over the last year it actually had negative free cash flow of US$1.2m, in contrast to the aforementioned profit of US$3.72m. We also note that Till Capital's free cash flow was actually negative last year as well, so we could understand if shareholders were bothered by its outflow of US$1.2m. One positive for Till Capital shareholders is that it's accrual ratio was significantly better last year, providing reason to believe that it may return to stronger cash conversion in the future. As a result, some shareholders may be looking for stronger cash conversion in the current year.
Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Till Capital.
Our Take On Till Capital's Profit Performance
As we have made quite clear, we're a bit worried that Till Capital didn't back up the last year's profit with free cashflow. As a result, we think it may well be the case that Till Capital's underlying earnings power is lower than its statutory profit. On the bright side, the company showed enough improvement to book a profit this year, after 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. So if you'd like to dive deeper into this stock, it's crucial to consider any risks it's facing. When we did our research, we found 4 warning signs for Till Capital (2 don't sit too well with us!) that we believe deserve your full attention.
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Till Capital Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the mineral exploration activities.
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Flawless balance sheet and slightly overvalued.