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Rimon Consulting & Management Services' (TLV:RMON) Earnings Are Weaker Than They Seem

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Rimon Consulting & Management Services Ltd.'s (TLV:RMON) robust earnings report didn't manage to move the market for its stock. Our analysis suggests that this might be because shareholders have noticed some concerning underlying factors.

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TASE:RMON Earnings and Revenue History April 4th 2023

Examining Cashflow Against Rimon Consulting & Management Services' 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. 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.

As a result, a negative accrual ratio is a positive for the company, and a positive accrual ratio is a negative. 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.

Over the twelve months to December 2022, Rimon Consulting & Management Services recorded an accrual ratio of 0.21. Therefore, we know that it's free cashflow was significantly lower than its statutory profit, which is hardly a good thing. Over the last year it actually had negative free cash flow of ₪31m, in contrast to the aforementioned profit of ₪51.8m. It's worth noting that Rimon Consulting & Management Services generated positive FCF of ₪17m a year ago, so at least they've done it in the past.

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Our Take On Rimon Consulting & Management Services' Profit Performance

Rimon Consulting & Management Services' 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. Because of this, we think that it may be that Rimon Consulting & Management Services' statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. But at least holders can take some solace from the 56% EPS growth in the last year. 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. So while earnings quality is important, it's equally important to consider the risks facing Rimon Consulting & Management Services at this point in time. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Rimon Consulting & Management Services you should be mindful of and 1 of them shouldn't be ignored.

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Rimon Consulting & Management Services' profit. But there are plenty of other ways to inform your opinion of a company. 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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