The subdued stock price reaction suggests that Greatech Technology Berhad's (KLSE:GREATEC) strong earnings didn't offer any surprises. We think that investors have missed some encouraging factors underlying the profit figures.
Zooming In On Greatech Technology Berhad's Earnings
Many investors haven't heard of the accrual ratio from cashflow, but it is actually a useful measure of how well a company's profit is backed up by free cash flow (FCF) during a given period. The accrual ratio subtracts the FCF from the profit for a given period, and divides the result by the average operating assets of the company over that time. The ratio shows us how much a company's profit exceeds its FCF.
As a result, a negative accrual ratio is a positive for the company, and a positive accrual ratio is a negative. While having an accrual ratio above zero is of little concern, we do think it's worth noting when a company has a relatively high accrual ratio. Notably, there is some academic evidence that suggests that a high accrual ratio is a bad sign for near-term profits, generally speaking.
For the year to June 2021, Greatech Technology Berhad had an accrual ratio of -0.29. That implies it has very good cash conversion, and that its earnings in the last year actually significantly understate its free cash flow. To wit, it produced free cash flow of RM205m during the period, dwarfing its reported profit of RM136.8m. Greatech Technology Berhad's free cash flow improved over the last year, which is generally good to see.
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 Greatech Technology Berhad's Profit Performance
Happily for shareholders, Greatech Technology Berhad produced plenty of free cash flow to back up its statutory profit numbers. Because of this, we think Greatech Technology Berhad's underlying earnings potential is as good as, or possibly even better, than the statutory profit makes it seem! And on top of that, its earnings per share have grown at an extremely impressive rate 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. With this in mind, we wouldn't consider investing in a stock unless we had a thorough understanding of the risks. For example - Greatech Technology Berhad has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.
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