The market for Red Eléctrica Corporación, S.A.'s (BME:REE) shares didn't move much after it posted weak earnings recently. Our analysis suggests that while the profits are soft, the foundations of the business are strong.
How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?
Importantly, our data indicates that Red Eléctrica Corporación's profit was reduced by €122m, due to unusual items, over the last year. While deductions due to unusual items are disappointing in the first instance, there is a silver lining. When we analysed the vast majority of listed companies worldwide, we found that significant unusual items are often not repeated. And, after all, that's exactly what the accounting terminology implies. If Red Eléctrica Corporación doesn't see those unusual expenses repeat, then all else being equal we'd expect its profit to increase over the coming year.
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 Red Eléctrica Corporación's Profit Performance
Because unusual items detracted from Red Eléctrica Corporación's earnings over the last year, you could argue that we can expect an improved result in the current quarter. Based on this observation, we consider it likely that Red Eléctrica Corporación's statutory profit actually understates its earnings potential! On the other hand, its EPS actually shrunk in the last twelve months. 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. Be aware that Red Eléctrica Corporación is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis and 1 of those is concerning...
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