Sin Heng Chan (Malaya) Berhad's (KLSE:SHCHAN) recent weak earnings report didn't cause a big stock movement. However, we believe that investors should be aware of some underlying factors which may be of concern.
In order to understand the potential for per share returns, it is essential to consider how much a company is diluting shareholders. As it happens, Sin Heng Chan (Malaya) Berhad issued 83% more new shares over the last year. Therefore, each share now receives a smaller portion of profit. Per share metrics like EPS help us understand how much actual shareholders are benefitting from the company's profits, while the net income level gives us a better view of the company's absolute size. Check out Sin Heng Chan (Malaya) Berhad's historical EPS growth by clicking on this link.
How Is Dilution Impacting Sin Heng Chan (Malaya) Berhad's Earnings Per Share? (EPS)
Sin Heng Chan (Malaya) Berhad was losing money three years ago. And even focusing only on the last twelve months, we see profit is down 25%. Sadly, earnings per share fell further, down a full 25% in that time. So you can see that the dilution has had a fairly significant impact on shareholders.
In the long term, if Sin Heng Chan (Malaya) Berhad's earnings per share can increase, then the share price should too. However, if its profit increases while its earnings per share stay flat (or even fall) then shareholders might not see much benefit. For the ordinary retail shareholder, EPS is a great measure to check your hypothetical "share" of the company's profit.
Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Sin Heng Chan (Malaya) Berhad.
Our Take On Sin Heng Chan (Malaya) Berhad's Profit Performance
Sin Heng Chan (Malaya) Berhad issued shares during the year, and that means its EPS performance lags its net income growth. As a result, we think it may well be the case that Sin Heng Chan (Malaya) Berhad's underlying earnings power is lower than its statutory profit. Sadly, its EPS was down over the last twelve months. At the end of the day, it's essential to consider more than just the factors above, if you want to understand the company properly. 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 Sin Heng Chan (Malaya) Berhad is showing 5 warning signs in our investment analysis and 2 of those are significant...
This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Sin Heng Chan (Malaya) Berhad's profit. But there are plenty of other ways to inform your opinion of a company. Some people consider a high return on equity to be a good sign of a quality business. 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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