IntraSoft Technologies' (NSE:ISFT) Solid Earnings May Rest On Weak Foundations

Simply Wall St
November 22, 2021
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IntraSoft Technologies Limited's (NSE:ISFT ) stock didn't jump after it announced some healthy earnings. We did some digging and believe investors may be worried about some underlying factors in the report.

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NSEI:ISFT Earnings and Revenue History November 23rd 2021

The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit

Importantly, our data indicates that IntraSoft Technologies' profit received a boost of ₹47m 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. Which is hardly surprising, given the name. IntraSoft Technologies had a rather significant contribution from unusual items relative to its profit to September 2021. All else being equal, this would likely have the effect of making the statutory profit a poor guide to underlying earnings power.

Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of IntraSoft Technologies.

Our Take On IntraSoft Technologies' Profit Performance

As we discussed above, we think the significant positive unusual item makes IntraSoft Technologies' earnings a poor guide to its underlying profitability. For this reason, we think that IntraSoft Technologies' statutory profits may be a bad guide to its underlying earnings power, and might give investors an overly positive impression of the company. The silver lining is that its EPS growth over the last year has been really wonderful, even if it's not a perfect measure. 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. With this in mind, we wouldn't consider investing in a stock unless we had a thorough understanding of the risks. For example, we've found that IntraSoft Technologies has 5 warning signs (1 shouldn't be ignored!) that deserve your attention before going any further with your analysis.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of IntraSoft Technologies' profit. But there are plenty of other ways to inform your opinion of a company. 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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