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Are Inspur International's (HKG:596) Statutory Earnings A Good Guide To Its Underlying Profitability?

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Broadly speaking, profitable businesses are less risky than unprofitable ones. That said, the current statutory profit is not always a good guide to a company's underlying profitability. Today we'll focus on whether this year's statutory profits are a good guide to understanding Inspur International (HKG:596).

While Inspur International was able to generate revenue of HK$2.67b in the last twelve months, we think its profit result of HK$40.7m was more important. The chart below shows how it has grown revenue over the last three years, but that profit has declined.

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SEHK:596 Earnings and Revenue History February 16th 2021

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 focus on the impact unusual items have had on Inspur International's 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.

How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?

Importantly, our data indicates that Inspur International's profit was reduced by HK$44m, 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 Inspur International 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 Inspur International's Profit Performance

Unusual items (expenses) detracted from Inspur International's earnings over the last year, but we might see an improvement next year. Because of this, we think Inspur International'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. The goal of this article has been to assess how well we can rely on the statutory earnings to reflect the company's potential, but there is plenty more to consider. So if you'd like to dive deeper into this stock, it's crucial to consider any risks it's facing. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 3 warning signs with Inspur International, and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Inspur International's 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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