Robust Earnings May Not Tell The Whole Story For Immsi (BIT:IMS)

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 16, 2022
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Immsi S.p.A.'s (BIT:IMS) robust recent earnings didn't do much to move the stock. However the statutory profit number doesn't tell the whole story, and we have found some factors which might be of concern to shareholders.

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BIT:IMS Earnings and Revenue History April 16th 2022

How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?

Importantly, our data indicates that Immsi's profit received a boost of €7.3m in unusual items, over the last year. We can't deny that higher profits generally leave us optimistic, but we'd prefer it if the profit were to be sustainable. 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. Assuming those unusual items don't show up again in the current year, we'd thus expect profit to be weaker next year (in the absence of business growth, that is).

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

Our Take On Immsi's Profit Performance

Arguably, Immsi's statutory earnings have been distorted by unusual items boosting profit. Therefore, it seems possible to us that Immsi's true underlying earnings power is actually less than its statutory profit. The good news is that, its earnings per share increased by 26% in the last year. 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. So while earnings quality is important, it's equally important to consider the risks facing Immsi at this point in time. At Simply Wall St, we found 1 warning sign for Immsi and we think they deserve your attention.

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Immsi's 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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