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Sichuan Kexin Mechanical and Electrical EquipmentLtd's (SZSE:300092) Solid Earnings May Rest On Weak Foundations

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The recent earnings posted by Sichuan Kexin Mechanical and Electrical Equipment Co.,Ltd (SZSE:300092) were solid, but the stock didn't move as much as we expected. We believe that shareholders have noticed some concerning factors beyond the statutory profit numbers.

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SZSE:300092 Earnings and Revenue History April 5th 2024

Examining Cashflow Against Sichuan Kexin Mechanical and Electrical EquipmentLtd's Earnings

In high finance, the key ratio used to measure how well a company converts reported profits into free cash flow (FCF) is the accrual ratio (from cashflow). 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. 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".

Over the twelve months to December 2023, Sichuan Kexin Mechanical and Electrical EquipmentLtd recorded an accrual ratio of 0.29. Unfortunately, that means its free cash flow was a lot less than its statutory profit, which makes us doubt the utility of profit as a guide. In the last twelve months it actually had negative free cash flow, with an outflow of CN¥58m despite its profit of CN¥163.5m, mentioned above. We saw that FCF was CN¥55m a year ago though, so Sichuan Kexin Mechanical and Electrical EquipmentLtd has at least been able to generate positive FCF in the past.

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 Sichuan Kexin Mechanical and Electrical EquipmentLtd's Profit Performance

Sichuan Kexin Mechanical and Electrical EquipmentLtd didn't convert much of its profit to free cash flow in the last year, which some investors may consider rather suboptimal. Because of this, we think that it may be that Sichuan Kexin Mechanical and Electrical EquipmentLtd's statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. But the good news is that its EPS growth over the last three years has been very impressive. 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. In light of this, if you'd like to do more analysis on the company, it's vital to be informed of the risks involved. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Sichuan Kexin Mechanical and Electrical EquipmentLtd (of which 1 is potentially serious!) you should know about.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Sichuan Kexin Mechanical and Electrical EquipmentLtd'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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