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We Like The Quality Of Bilfinger's (ETR:GBF) Earnings

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Bilfinger SE's (ETR:GBF) solid earnings announcement recently didn't do much to the stock price. We did some analysis to find out why and believe that investors might be missing some encouraging factors contained in the earnings.

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XTRA:GBF Earnings and Revenue History February 23rd 2021

How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?

Importantly, our data indicates that Bilfinger's profit was reduced by €67m, due to unusual items, over the last year. It's never great to see unusual items costing the company profits, but on the upside, things might improve sooner rather than later. When we analysed the vast majority of listed companies worldwide, we found that significant unusual items are often not repeated. And that's hardly a surprise given these line items are considered unusual. In the twelve months to December 2020, Bilfinger had a big unusual items expense. All else being equal, this would likely have the effect of making the statutory profit look worse than its underlying earnings power.

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 Bilfinger's Profit Performance

As we mentioned previously, the Bilfinger's profit was hampered by unusual items in the last year. Based on this observation, we consider it possible that Bilfinger's statutory profit actually understates its earnings potential! Furthermore, it has done a great job growing EPS over the last year. The goal of this article has been to assess how well we can rely on the statutory earnings to reflect the company's potential, but there is plenty more to consider. 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 3 warning signs for Bilfinger you should know about.

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Bilfinger's profit. But there is always more to discover if you are capable of focussing your mind on minutiae. 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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