Here's Why We Don't Think KWG Group Holdings's (HKG:1813) Statutory Earnings Reflect Its Underlying Earnings Potential

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Simply Wall St
Published
October 26, 2020
SEHK:1813

It might be old fashioned, but we really like to invest in companies that make a profit, each and every year. 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 KWG Group Holdings (HKG:1813).

It's good to see that over the last twelve months KWG Group Holdings made a profit of CN¥7.36b on revenue of CN¥27.8b. Happily, it has grown both its profit and revenue over the last three years (though we note its profit is down over the last year).

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SEHK:1813 Earnings and Revenue History October 26th 2020

Of course, when it comes to statutory profit, the devil is often in the detail, and we can get a better sense for a company by diving deeper into the financial statements. This article will discuss how unusual items have impacted KWG Group Holdings' most recent profit results. 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 KWG Group Holdings' profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit gained from CN¥1.7b worth of unusual items. While it's always nice to have higher profit, a large contribution from unusual items sometimes dampens our enthusiasm. We ran the numbers on most publicly listed companies worldwide, and it's very common for unusual items to be once-off in nature. And that's as you'd expect, given these boosts are described as 'unusual'. We can see that KWG Group Holdings' positive unusual items were quite significant relative to its profit in the year to June 2020. All else being equal, this would likely have the effect of making the statutory profit a poor guide to underlying earnings power.

Our Take On KWG Group Holdings' Profit Performance

As we discussed above, we think the significant positive unusual item makes KWG Group Holdings'earnings a poor guide to its underlying profitability. As a result, we think it may well be the case that KWG Group Holdings' underlying earnings power is lower than its statutory profit. But the good news is that its EPS growth over the last three years has been very impressive. 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. If you'd like to know more about KWG Group Holdings as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. Case in point: We've spotted 4 warning signs for KWG Group Holdings you should be mindful of and 1 of these doesn't sit too well with us.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of KWG Group 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. While it might take a little research on your behalf, you may find this free collection of companies boasting high return on equity, or this list of stocks that insiders are buying to be useful.

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