Shareholders Can Be Confident That Israel's (TLV:ILCO) Earnings Are High Quality

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 26, 2021
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Even though Israel Corporation Ltd's (TLV:ILCO) recent earnings release was robust, the market didn't seem to notice. Investors are probably missing some underlying factors which are encouraging for the future of the company.

Check out our latest analysis for Israel

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TASE:ILCO Earnings and Revenue History August 27th 2021

How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?

To properly understand Israel's profit results, we need to consider the US$168m expense attributed to unusual items. While deductions due to unusual items are disappointing in the first instance, there is a silver lining. We looked at thousands of listed companies and found that unusual items are very often one-off in nature. And that's hardly a surprise given these line items are considered unusual. If Israel doesn't see those unusual expenses repeat, then all else being equal we'd expect its profit to increase over the coming year.

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

Our Take On Israel's Profit Performance

Unusual items (expenses) detracted from Israel's earnings over the last year, but we might see an improvement next year. Based on this observation, we consider it likely that Israel's statutory profit actually understates its earnings potential! And it's also positive that the company showed enough improvement to book a profit this year, after losing money 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 Israel at this point in time. To that end, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Israel (including 1 which makes us a bit uncomfortable).

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