As a general rule, we think profitable companies are less risky than companies that lose money. That said, the current statutory profit is not always a good guide to a company's underlying profitability. In this article, we'll look at how useful this year's statutory profit is, when analysing Elis (EPA:ELIS).
We like the fact that Elis made a profit of €56.9m on its revenue of €3.03b, in the last year. The chart below shows how it has grown revenue over the last three years, but that profit has declined.
Of course, it is only sensible to look beyond the statutory profits and question how well those numbers represent the sustainable earnings power of the business. This article will focus on the impact unusual items have had on Elis' statutory earnings. 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.
The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
For anyone who wants to understand Elis' profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit was reduced by €56m due to unusual items. It's never great to see unusual items costing the company profits, but on the upside, things might improve sooner rather than later. We looked at thousands of listed companies and found that unusual items are very often one-off in nature. And that's hardly a surprise given these line items are considered unusual. Assuming those unusual expenses don't come up again, we'd therefore expect Elis to produce a higher profit next year, all else being equal.
Our Take On Elis' Profit Performance
Because unusual items detracted from Elis' earnings over the last year, you could argue that we can expect an improved result in the current quarter. Because of this, we think Elis' earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! Unfortunately, though, its earnings per share actually fell back over the 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. Keep in mind, when it comes to analysing a stock it's worth noting the risks involved. Be aware that Elis is showing 4 warning signs in our investment analysis and 1 of those is a bit unpleasant...
This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Elis' profit. But there is always more to discover if you are capable of focussing your mind on minutiae. 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. So you may wish to see this free collection of companies boasting high return on equity, or this list of stocks that insiders are buying.
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