Homeland Interactive Technology (HKG:3798) Posted Healthy Earnings But There Are Some Other Factors To Be Aware Of

Simply Wall St
August 31, 2021
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Despite posting some strong earnings, the market for Homeland Interactive Technology Ltd.'s (HKG:3798) stock hasn't moved much. We did some digging, and we found some concerning factors in the details.

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SEHK:3798 Earnings and Revenue History August 31st 2021

A Closer Look At Homeland Interactive Technology's Earnings

Many investors haven't heard of the accrual ratio from cashflow, but it is actually a useful measure of how well a company's profit is backed up by free cash flow (FCF) during a given period. In plain english, this ratio subtracts FCF from net profit, and divides that number by the company's average operating assets over that period. You could think of the accrual ratio from cashflow as the 'non-FCF profit ratio'.

As a result, a negative accrual ratio is a positive for the company, and a positive accrual ratio is a negative. While it's not a problem to have a positive accrual ratio, indicating a certain level of non-cash profits, a high accrual ratio is arguably a bad thing, because it indicates paper profits are not matched by cash flow. That's because some academic studies have suggested that high accruals ratios tend to lead to lower profit or less profit growth.

Over the twelve months to June 2021, Homeland Interactive Technology recorded an accrual ratio of 0.30. Therefore, we know that it's free cashflow was significantly lower than its statutory profit, raising questions about how useful that profit figure really is. In fact, it had free cash flow of CN¥431m in the last year, which was a lot less than its statutory profit of CN¥499.8m. At this point we should mention that Homeland Interactive Technology did manage to increase its free cash flow in the last twelve months

Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Homeland Interactive Technology.

Our Take On Homeland Interactive Technology's Profit Performance

Homeland Interactive Technology didn't convert much of its profit to free cash flow in the last year, which some investors may consider rather suboptimal. Because of this, we think that it may be that Homeland Interactive Technology's statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. But on the bright side, its earnings per share have grown at an extremely impressive rate over the last three years. 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. 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 Homeland Interactive Technology is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis and 1 of those is a bit concerning...

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Homeland Interactive Technology's profit. But there are plenty of other ways to inform your opinion of a company. 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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