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We Think You Can Look Beyond Mirza International's (NSE:MIRZAINT) Lackluster Earnings

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Mirza International Limited's (NSE:MIRZAINT) earnings announcement last week didn't impress shareholders. Despite the soft profit numbers, our analysis has optimistic about the overall quality of the income statement.

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NSEI:MIRZAINT Earnings and Revenue History August 4th 2021

A Closer Look At Mirza International's 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. You could think of the accrual ratio from cashflow as the 'non-FCF profit ratio'.

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

Mirza International has an accrual ratio of -0.22 for the year to March 2021. That indicates that its free cash flow quite significantly exceeded its statutory profit. In fact, it had free cash flow of ₹1.9b in the last year, which was a lot more than its statutory profit of ₹83.3m. Mirza International 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 Mirza International.

Our Take On Mirza International's Profit Performance

Happily for shareholders, Mirza International produced plenty of free cash flow to back up its statutory profit numbers. Because of this, we think Mirza International's underlying earnings potential is as good as, or possibly even better, than the statutory profit makes it seem! On the other hand, its EPS actually shrunk in the last twelve months. 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. So while earnings quality is important, it's equally important to consider the risks facing Mirza International at this point in time. Our analysis shows 4 warning signs for Mirza International (1 can't be ignored!) and we strongly recommend you look at them before investing.

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