Broadly speaking, profitable businesses are less risky than unprofitable ones. However, sometimes companies receive a one-off boost (or reduction) to their profit, and it's not always clear whether statutory profits are a good guide, going forward. Today we'll focus on whether this year's statutory profits are a good guide to understanding Hydratec Industries (AMS:HYDRA).
It's good to see that over the last twelve months Hydratec Industries made a profit of €5.17m on revenue of €207.4m. As you can see in the chart below, its profit has declined over the last three years, even though its revenue has increased.
Importantly, statutory profits are not always the best tool for understanding a company's true earnings power, so it's well worth examining profits in a little more detail. This article will focus on the impact unusual items have had on Hydratec Industries' statutory earnings. Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Hydratec Industries.
The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
To properly understand Hydratec Industries' profit results, we need to consider the €689k gain attributed to unusual items. While it's always nice to have higher profit, a large contribution from unusual items sometimes dampens our enthusiasm. When we analysed the vast majority of listed companies worldwide, we found that significant unusual items are often not repeated. And that's as you'd expect, given these boosts are described as 'unusual'. 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).
Our Take On Hydratec Industries' Profit Performance
Arguably, Hydratec Industries' statutory earnings have been distorted by unusual items boosting profit. Because of this, we think that it may be that Hydratec Industries' statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. Sadly, its EPS was down over the last twelve months. 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 - Hydratec Industries has 2 warning signs we think you should be aware of.
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