We Think Safilo Group's (BIT:SFL) Profit Is Only A Baseline For What They Can Achieve

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 12, 2021
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Even though Safilo Group S.p.A.'s (BIT:SFL) recent earnings release was robust, the market didn't seem to notice. We think that investors have missed some encouraging factors underlying the profit figures.

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BIT:SFL Earnings and Revenue History August 13th 2021

The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit

For anyone who wants to understand Safilo Group's profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit was reduced by €26m due to unusual items. While deductions due to unusual items are disappointing in the first instance, there is a silver lining. We looked at thousands of listed companies and found that unusual items are very often one-off in nature. And, after all, that's exactly what the accounting terminology implies. In the twelve months to June 2021, Safilo Group had a big unusual items expense. As a result, we can surmise that the unusual items made its statutory profit significantly weaker than it would otherwise be.

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 Safilo Group's Profit Performance

As we mentioned previously, the Safilo Group's profit was hampered by unusual items in the last year. Because of this, we think Safilo Group's underlying earnings potential is as good as, or possibly even better, than the statutory profit makes it seem! And it's also positive that the company showed enough improvement to book a profit this year, after losing money 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. If you'd like to know more about Safilo Group as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. Our analysis shows 3 warning signs for Safilo Group (1 makes us a bit uncomfortable!) and we strongly recommend you look at these bad boys before investing.

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Safilo Group's profit. But there is always more to discover if you are capable of focussing your mind on minutiae. For example, many people consider a high return on equity as an indication of favorable business economics, while others like to 'follow the money' and search out stocks that insiders are buying. While it might take a little research on your behalf, you may find this free collection of companies boasting high return on equity, or this list of stocks that insiders are buying to be useful.

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