We Believe Vecima Networks' (TSE:VCM) Earnings Are A Poor Guide For Its Profitability

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 17, 2022
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Despite posting strong earnings, Vecima Networks Inc.'s (TSE:VCM) stock didn't move much over the last week. We decided to have a deeper look, and we believe that investors might be worried about several concerning factors that we found.

See our latest analysis for Vecima Networks

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TSX:VCM Earnings and Revenue History February 17th 2022

How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?

For anyone who wants to understand Vecima Networks' profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit gained from CA$955k worth of unusual items. While we like to see profit increases, we tend to be a little more cautious when unusual items have made a big contribution. We ran the numbers on most publicly listed companies worldwide, and it's very common for unusual items to be once-off in nature. Which is hardly surprising, given the name. Vecima Networks had a rather significant contribution from unusual items relative to its profit to December 2021. As a result, we can surmise that the unusual items are making its statutory profit significantly stronger than it would otherwise be.

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.

An Unusual Tax Situation

Just as we noted the unusual items, we must inform you that Vecima Networks received a tax benefit which contributed CA$1.3m to the bottom line. This is meaningful because companies usually pay tax rather than receive tax benefits. The receipt of a tax benefit is obviously a good thing, on its own. And since it previously lost money, it may well simply indicate the realisation of past tax losses. However, our data indicates that tax benefits can temporarily boost statutory profit in the year it is booked, but subsequently profit may fall back. Assuming the tax benefit is not repeated every year, we could see its profitability drop noticeably, all else being equal.

Our Take On Vecima Networks' Profit Performance

In its last report Vecima Networks received a tax benefit which might make its profit look better than it really is on a underlying level. Furthermore, it also benefitted from a positive unusual item, which boosted the profit result even higher. Considering all this we'd argue Vecima Networks' profits probably give an overly generous impression of its sustainable level of profitability. If you want to do dive deeper into Vecima Networks, you'd also look into what risks it is currently facing. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of Vecima Networks.

Our examination of Vecima Networks has focussed on certain factors that can make its earnings look better than they are. And, on that basis, we are somewhat skeptical. 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. While it might take a little research on your behalf, you may find this free collection of companies boasting high return on equity, or this list of stocks that insiders are buying to be useful.

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