Yik Wo International Holdings' (HKG:8659) Solid Earnings May Rest On Weak Foundations

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 18, 2021
SEHK:8659
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Yik Wo International Holdings Limited's (HKG:8659) healthy profit numbers didn't contain any surprises for investors. We think this is due to investors looking beyond the statutory profits and being concerned with what they see.

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SEHK:8659 Earnings and Revenue History August 18th 2021

Zooming In On Yik Wo International Holdings' Earnings

One key financial ratio used to measure how well a company converts its profit to free cash flow (FCF) is the accrual ratio. 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. This ratio tells us how much of a company's profit is not backed by free cashflow.

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. Notably, there is some academic evidence that suggests that a high accrual ratio is a bad sign for near-term profits, generally speaking.

For the year to June 2021, Yik Wo International Holdings had an accrual ratio of 0.27. We can therefore deduce that its free cash flow fell well short of covering its statutory profit. To wit, it produced free cash flow of CN¥12m during the period, falling well short of its reported profit of CN¥26.5m. Yik Wo International Holdings' free cash flow actually declined over the last year, but it may bounce back next year, since free cash flow is often more volatile than accounting profits. The good news for shareholders is that Yik Wo International Holdings' accrual ratio was much better last year, so this year's poor reading might simply be a case of a short term mismatch between profit and FCF. Shareholders should look for improved cashflow relative to profit in the current year, if that is indeed the case.

Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Yik Wo International Holdings.

Our Take On Yik Wo International Holdings' Profit Performance

Yik Wo International Holdings' accrual ratio for the last twelve months signifies cash conversion is less than ideal, which is a negative when it comes to our view of its earnings. Therefore, it seems possible to us that Yik Wo International Holdings' true underlying earnings power is actually less than its statutory profit. In further bad news, its earnings per share decreased in 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. With this in mind, we wouldn't consider investing in a stock unless we had a thorough understanding of the risks. To that end, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Yik Wo International Holdings (including 1 which is significant).

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Yik Wo International Holdings' 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. 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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