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Paragon Union Berhad's (KLSE:PARAGON) Promising Earnings May Rest On Soft Foundations

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Despite posting some strong earnings, the market for Paragon Union Berhad's (KLSE:PARAGON) stock hasn't moved much. Our analysis suggests that shareholders have noticed something concerning in the numbers.

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KLSE:PARAGON Earnings and Revenue History December 4th 2023

How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?

Importantly, our data indicates that Paragon Union Berhad's profit received a boost of RM13m 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. And, after all, that's exactly what the accounting terminology implies. We can see that Paragon Union Berhad's positive unusual items were quite significant relative to its profit in the year to September 2023. As a result, we can surmise that the unusual items are making its statutory profit significantly stronger than it would otherwise be.

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Our Take On Paragon Union Berhad's Profit Performance

As we discussed above, we think the significant positive unusual item makes Paragon Union Berhad's earnings a poor guide to its underlying profitability. As a result, we think it may well be the case that Paragon Union Berhad's underlying earnings power is lower than its statutory profit. The good news is that it earned a profit in the last twelve months, despite its previous loss. 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 Paragon Union Berhad at this point in time. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Paragon Union Berhad you should know about.

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