Shareholders Will Be Pleased With The Quality of Mikron Holding's (VTX:MIKN) Earnings

Simply Wall St
March 19, 2022
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When companies post strong earnings, the stock generally performs well, just like Mikron Holding AG's (VTX:MIKN) stock has recently. We have done some analysis, and we found several positive factors beyond the profit numbers.

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SWX:MIKN Earnings and Revenue History March 19th 2022

Examining Cashflow Against Mikron Holding'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. The accrual ratio subtracts the FCF from the profit for a given period, and divides the result by the average operating assets of the company over that time. 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. That's because some academic studies have suggested that high accruals ratios tend to lead to lower profit or less profit growth.

Mikron Holding has an accrual ratio of -0.11 for the year to December 2021. That implies it has good cash conversion, and implies that its free cash flow solidly exceeded its profit last year. In fact, it had free cash flow of CHF30m in the last year, which was a lot more than its statutory profit of CHF17.0m. Given that Mikron Holding had negative free cash flow in the prior corresponding period, the trailing twelve month resul of CHF30m would seem to be a step in the right direction.

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 Mikron Holding's Profit Performance

As we discussed above, Mikron Holding has perfectly satisfactory free cash flow relative to profit. Because of this, we think Mikron Holding's earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! And it's also positive that the company showed enough improvement to book a profit this year, after 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. So if you'd like to dive deeper into this stock, it's crucial to consider any risks it's facing. To help with this, we've discovered 2 warning signs (1 is a bit concerning!) that you ought to be aware of before buying any shares in Mikron Holding.

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Mikron Holding's profit. But there are plenty of other ways to inform your opinion of a company. 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. 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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