Prism Johnson's (NSE:PRSMJOHNSN) Solid Earnings Have Been Accounted For Conservatively

Simply Wall St
May 25, 2021
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The market seemed underwhelmed by last week's earnings announcement from Prism Johnson Limited (NSE:PRSMJOHNSN) despite the healthy numbers. Our analysis suggests that shareholders might be missing some positive underlying factors in the earnings report.

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NSEI:PRSMJOHNSN Earnings and Revenue History May 26th 2021

A Closer Look At Prism Johnson's Earnings

One key financial ratio used to measure how well a company converts its profit to free cash flow (FCF) is the accrual ratio. 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.

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. To quote a 2014 paper by Lewellen and Resutek, "firms with higher accruals tend to be less profitable in the future".

Over the twelve months to March 2021, Prism Johnson recorded an accrual ratio of -0.33. That indicates that its free cash flow quite significantly exceeded its statutory profit. In fact, it had free cash flow of ₹11b in the last year, which was a lot more than its statutory profit of ₹1.71b. Prism Johnson's free cash flow improved over the last year, which is generally good to see.

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 Prism Johnson's Profit Performance

Happily for shareholders, Prism Johnson produced plenty of free cash flow to back up its statutory profit numbers. Because of this, we think Prism Johnson's underlying earnings potential is as good as, or possibly even better, than the statutory profit makes it seem! Better yet, its EPS are growing strongly, which is nice to see. 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. If you'd like to know more about Prism Johnson as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. To help with this, we've discovered 2 warning signs (1 is a bit unpleasant!) that you ought to be aware of before buying any shares in Prism Johnson.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Prism Johnson's profit. But there is always more to discover if you are capable of focussing your mind on minutiae. Some people consider a high return on equity to be a good sign of a quality business. 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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