ECIT AS' (OB:ECIT) robust earnings report didn't manage to move the market for its stock. Our analysis suggests that shareholders have noticed something concerning in the numbers.
How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?
For anyone who wants to understand ECIT's profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit gained from kr35m worth of 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).
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Our Take On ECIT's Profit Performance
We'd posit that ECIT'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 ECIT's statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. But at least holders can take some solace from the 47% EPS growth in the last year. 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. Keep in mind, when it comes to analysing a stock it's worth noting the risks involved. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of ECIT.
Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of ECIT'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. While it might take a little research on your behalf, you may find this free collection of companies boasting high return on equity, or this list of stocks that insiders are buying to be useful.
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