ITC Limited's (NSE:ITC) recent weak earnings report didn't cause a big stock movement. However, we believe that investors should be aware of some underlying factors which may be of concern.
How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?
Importantly, our data indicates that ITC's profit received a boost of ₹11b in unusual items, over the last year. While we like to see profit increases, we tend to be a little more cautious when unusual items have made a big contribution. When we analysed the vast majority of listed companies worldwide, we found that significant unusual items are often not repeated. And, after all, that's exactly what the accounting terminology implies. If ITC doesn't see that contribution repeat, then all else being equal we'd expect its profit to drop over the current year.
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 ITC's Profit Performance
Arguably, ITC's statutory earnings have been distorted by unusual items boosting profit. Because of this, we think that it may be that ITC's statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. But at least holders can take some solace from the 16% per annum growth in EPS for the last three. 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 ITC as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. At Simply Wall St, we found 1 warning sign for ITC and we think they deserve your attention.
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