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We Like The Quality Of Sunflower Sustainable Investments' (TLV:SNFL) Earnings

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Sunflower Sustainable Investments Ltd (TLV:SNFL) announced a healthy earnings result recently, and the market rewarded it with a strong stock price reaction. Looking deeper at the numbers, we found several encouraging factors beyond the headline profit numbers.

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TASE:SNFL Earnings and Revenue History March 19th 2021

Examining Cashflow Against Sunflower Sustainable Investments' Earnings

In high finance, the key ratio used to measure how well a company converts reported profits into free cash flow (FCF) is the accrual ratio (from cashflow). 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. You could think of the accrual ratio from cashflow as the 'non-FCF profit ratio'.

Therefore, it's actually considered a good thing when a company has a negative accrual ratio, but a bad thing if its accrual ratio is positive. While it's not a problem to have a positive accrual ratio, indicating a certain level of non-cash profits, a high accrual ratio is arguably a bad thing, because it indicates paper profits are not matched by cash flow. That's because some academic studies have suggested that high accruals ratios tend to lead to lower profit or less profit growth.

Over the twelve months to December 2020, Sunflower Sustainable Investments recorded an accrual ratio of -0.10. That indicates that its free cash flow was a fair bit more than its statutory profit. To wit, it produced free cash flow of ₪36m during the period, dwarfing its reported profit of ₪8.04m. Sunflower Sustainable Investments shareholders are no doubt pleased that free cash flow improved over the last twelve months.

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

Our Take On Sunflower Sustainable Investments' Profit Performance

Sunflower Sustainable Investments' accrual ratio is solid, and indicates strong free cash flow, as we discussed, above. Based on this observation, we consider it likely that Sunflower Sustainable Investments' statutory profit actually understates its earnings potential! Unfortunately, though, its earnings per share actually fell back over the last year. At the end of the day, it's essential to consider more than just the factors above, if you want to understand the company properly. In light of this, if you'd like to do more analysis on the company, it's vital to be informed of the risks involved. For example - Sunflower Sustainable Investments has 2 warning signs we think you should be aware of.

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Sunflower Sustainable Investments' profit. But there are plenty of other ways to inform your opinion of a company. 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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