Statistically speaking, it is less risky to invest in profitable companies than in unprofitable ones. Having said that, sometimes statutory profit levels are not a good guide to ongoing profitability, because some short term one-off factor has impacted profit levels. This article will consider whether Rayence's (KOSDAQ:228850) statutory profits are a good guide to its underlying earnings.
We like the fact that Rayence made a profit of ₩4.47b on its revenue of ₩106.5b, in the last year. The chart below shows that revenue has been flat over the last three years, while profit has actually declined.
Of course, when it comes to statutory profit, the devil is often in the detail, and we can get a better sense for a company by diving deeper into the financial statements. This article will focus on the impact unusual items have had on Rayence's statutory earnings. 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.
The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
Importantly, our data indicates that Rayence's profit was reduced by ₩3.2b, due to unusual items, over the last year. While deductions due to unusual items are disappointing in the first instance, there is a silver lining. When we analysed the vast majority of listed companies worldwide, we found that significant unusual items are often not repeated. And, after all, that's exactly what the accounting terminology implies. If Rayence doesn't see those unusual expenses repeat, then all else being equal we'd expect its profit to increase over the coming year.
Our Take On Rayence's Profit Performance
Because unusual items detracted from Rayence's earnings over the last year, you could argue that we can expect an improved result in the current quarter. Because of this, we think Rayence's earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! On the other hand, its EPS actually shrunk in the last twelve months. 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 Rayence at this point in time. While conducting our analysis, we found that Rayence has 3 warning signs and it would be unwise to ignore these.
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