QL Resources Berhad's (KLSE:QL) robust earnings report didn't manage to move the market for its stock. We did some digging, and we found some concerning factors in the details.
The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
Importantly, our data indicates that QL Resources Berhad's profit received a boost of RM83m 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. Which is hardly surprising, given the name. 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).
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 QL Resources Berhad's Profit Performance
We'd posit that QL Resources Berhad's statutory earnings aren't a clean read on ongoing productivity, due to the large unusual item. Because of this, we think that it may be that QL Resources Berhad's statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. Nonetheless, it's still worth noting that its earnings per share have grown at 54% over the last three years. 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. So if you'd like to dive deeper into this stock, it's crucial to consider any risks it's facing. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for QL Resources Berhad you should know about.
Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of QL Resources Berhad's profit. But there are plenty of other ways to inform your opinion of a company. 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. So you may wish to see this free collection of companies boasting high return on equity, or this list of stocks that insiders are buying.
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