Balkrishna Industries' (NSE:BALKRISIND) Promising Earnings May Rest On Soft Foundations

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 18, 2021
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Balkrishna Industries Limited (NSE:BALKRISIND) announced strong profits, but the stock was stagnant. Our analysis suggests that shareholders have noticed something concerning in the numbers.

Check out our latest analysis for Balkrishna Industries

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NSEI:BALKRISIND Earnings and Revenue History November 19th 2021

Examining Cashflow Against Balkrishna Industries' 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. The accrual ratio subtracts the FCF from the profit for a given period, and divides the result by the average operating assets of the company over that time. The ratio shows us how much a company's profit exceeds its FCF.

That means a negative accrual ratio is a good thing, because it shows that the company is bringing in more free cash flow than its profit would suggest. While having an accrual ratio above zero is of little concern, we do think it's worth noting when a company has a relatively high accrual ratio. 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 September 2021, Balkrishna Industries recorded an accrual ratio of 0.24. Unfortunately, that means its free cash flow fell significantly short of its reported profits. Over the last year it actually had negative free cash flow of ₹2.0b, in contrast to the aforementioned profit of ₹14.3b. We saw that FCF was ₹4.3b a year ago though, so Balkrishna Industries has at least been able to generate positive FCF in the past.

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.

Our Take On Balkrishna Industries' Profit Performance

Balkrishna Industries' 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 Balkrishna Industries' statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. But the good news is that its EPS growth over the last three years has been very impressive. 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. If you'd like to know more about Balkrishna Industries as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. You'd be interested to know, that we found 1 warning sign for Balkrishna Industries and you'll want to know about it.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Balkrishna Industries' 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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