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 S.A.I. Leisure Group (HKG:1832).
We like the fact that S.A.I. Leisure Group made a profit of US$5.10m on its revenue of US$78.1m, in the last year. Below, you can see that both its revenue and its profit have fallen over the last three years.
Importantly, statutory profits are not always the best tool for understanding a company's true earnings power, so it's well worth examining profits in a little more detail. This article will discuss how unusual items have impacted S.A.I. Leisure Group's most recent profit results. Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of S.A.I. Leisure Group.
How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?
Importantly, our data indicates that S.A.I. Leisure Group's profit was reduced by US$729k, 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 that's hardly a surprise given these line items are considered unusual. If S.A.I. Leisure Group doesn't see those unusual expenses repeat, then all else being equal we'd expect its profit to increase over the coming year.
Our Take On S.A.I. Leisure Group's Profit Performance
Because unusual items detracted from S.A.I. Leisure Group's earnings over the last year, you could argue that we can expect an improved result in the current quarter. Because of this, we think S.A.I. Leisure Group's 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. At the end of the day, it's essential to consider more than just the factors above, if you want to understand the company properly. If you'd like to know more about S.A.I. Leisure Group as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. When we did our research, we found 4 warning signs for S.A.I. Leisure Group (1 is potentially serious!) that we believe deserve your full attention.
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