Caltagirone Editore SpA's (BIT:CED) robust earnings report didn't manage to move the market for its stock. Our analysis suggests that this might be because shareholders have noticed some concerning underlying factors.
The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
For anyone who wants to understand Caltagirone Editore's profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit was reduced by €1.0m 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. Assuming those unusual expenses don't come up again, we'd therefore expect Caltagirone Editore to produce a higher profit next year, all else being equal.
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An Unusual Tax Situation
Having already discussed the impact of the unusual items, we should also note that Caltagirone Editore received a tax benefit of €7.2m. It's always a bit noteworthy when a company is paid by the tax man, rather than paying the tax man. The receipt of a tax benefit is obviously a good thing, on its own. And since it previously lost money, it may well simply indicate the realisation of past tax losses. However, our data indicates that tax benefits can temporarily boost statutory profit in the year it is booked, but subsequently profit may fall back. Assuming the tax benefit is not repeated every year, we could see its profitability drop noticeably, all else being equal. While we think it's good that the company has booked a tax benefit, it does mean that there's every chance the statutory profit will come in a lot higher than it would be if the income was adjusted for one-off factors.
Our Take On Caltagirone Editore's Profit Performance
In the last year Caltagirone Editore received a tax benefit, which boosted its profit in a way that might not be much more sustainable than turning prime farmland into gas fields. Having said that, it also had a unusual item reducing its profit. Having considered these factors, we don't think Caltagirone Editore's statutory profits give an overly harsh view of the business. If you'd like to know more about Caltagirone Editore as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. For example - Caltagirone Editore has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.
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