Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad's (KLSE:OFI) Solid Earnings May Rest On Weak Foundations

Simply Wall St
December 02, 2021
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Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad's (KLSE:OFI) 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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KLSE:OFI Earnings and Revenue History December 2nd 2021

The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit

For anyone who wants to understand Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad's profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit gained from RM1.4m worth of unusual items. While we like to see profit increases, we tend to be a little more cautious when unusual items have made a big contribution. 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. 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 Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad.

Our Take On Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad's Profit Performance

Arguably, Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad's statutory earnings have been distorted by unusual items boosting profit. Therefore, it seems possible to us that Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad's true underlying earnings power is actually less than its statutory profit. But the good news is that its EPS growth over the last three years has been very impressive. The goal of this article has been to assess how well we can rely on the statutory earnings to reflect the company's potential, but there is plenty more to consider. In light of this, if you'd like to do more analysis on the company, it's vital to be informed of the risks involved. Be aware that Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis and 1 of those doesn't sit too well with us...

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