Icelandic Salmon (OB:ISLAX) Strong Profits May Be Masking Some Underlying Issues

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 10, 2021
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The recent earnings posted by Icelandic Salmon AS (OB:ISLAX) were solid, but the stock didn't move as much as we expected. We believe that shareholders have noticed some concerning factors beyond the statutory profit numbers.

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OB:ISLAX Earnings and Revenue History September 11th 2021

To understand the value of a company's earnings growth, it is imperative to consider any dilution of shareholders' interests. As it happens, Icelandic Salmon issued 16% 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 Icelandic Salmon's historical EPS growth by clicking on this link.

A Look At The Impact Of Icelandic Salmon's Dilution on Its Earnings Per Share (EPS).

We don't have any data on the company's profits from three years ago. And even focusing only on the last twelve months, we don't have a meaningful growth rate because it made a loss a year ago, too. What we do know is that while it's great to see a profit over the last twelve months, that profit would have been better, on a per share basis, if the company hadn't needed to issue shares. And so, you can see quite clearly that dilution is influencing shareholder earnings.

If Icelandic Salmon's EPS can grow over time then that drastically improves the chances of the share price moving in the same direction. But on the other hand, we'd be far less excited to learn profit (but not EPS) was improving. For that reason, you could say that EPS is more important that net income in the long run, assuming the goal is to assess whether a company's share price might grow.

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 Icelandic Salmon's Profit Performance

Over the last year Icelandic Salmon issued new shares and so, there's a noteworthy divergence between EPS and net income growth. Therefore, it seems possible to us that Icelandic Salmon's true underlying earnings power is actually less than its statutory profit. The good news is that it earned a profit in the last twelve months, despite its previous loss. 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. With this in mind, we wouldn't consider investing in a stock unless we had a thorough understanding of the risks. You'd be interested to know, that we found 2 warning signs for Icelandic Salmon and you'll want to know about them.

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Icelandic Salmon'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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