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Neto M.E Holdings' (TLV:NTO) Conservative Accounting Might Explain Soft Earnings

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Shareholders appeared unconcerned with Neto M.E Holdings Ltd's (TLV:NTO) lackluster earnings report last week. We did some digging, and we believe the earnings are stronger than they seem.

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TASE:NTO Earnings and Revenue History December 2nd 2021

Examining Cashflow Against Neto M.E Holdings' 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. To quote a 2014 paper by Lewellen and Resutek, "firms with higher accruals tend to be less profitable in the future".

Neto M.E Holdings has an accrual ratio of -0.12 for the year to September 2021. That implies it has good cash conversion, and implies that its free cash flow solidly exceeded its profit last year. Indeed, in the last twelve months it reported free cash flow of ₪228m, well over the ₪85.5m it reported in profit. Neto M.E Holdings' free cash flow improved over the last year, which is generally good to see.

Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Neto M.E Holdings.

Our Take On Neto M.E Holdings' Profit Performance

As we discussed above, Neto M.E Holdings has perfectly satisfactory free cash flow relative to profit. Because of this, we think Neto M.E Holdings' earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! And we are pleased to note that EPS is at least heading in the right direction over the last three years. 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. With this in mind, we wouldn't consider investing in a stock unless we had a thorough understanding of the risks. For example, we've discovered 3 warning signs that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of Neto M.E Holdings.

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Neto M.E Holdings' profit. But there is always more to discover if you are capable of focussing your mind on minutiae. 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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