Is There More To The Story Than Mo-BRUK's (WSE:MBR) Earnings Growth?

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Simply Wall St
Published
October 21, 2020
WSE:MBR

Broadly speaking, profitable businesses are less risky than unprofitable ones. Having said that, sometimes statutory profit levels are not a good guide to ongoing profitability, because some short term one-off factor has impacted profit levels. In this article, we'll look at how useful this year's statutory profit is, when analysing Mo-BRUK (WSE:MBR).

We like the fact that Mo-BRUK made a profit of zł53.0m on its revenue of zł147.5m, in the last year. In the chart below, you can see that its profit and revenue have both grown over the last three years.

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WSE:MBR Earnings and Revenue History October 21st 2020

Of course, when it comes to statutory profit, the devil is often in the detail, and we can get a better sense for a company by diving deeper into the financial statements. In this article we'll look at how Mo-BRUK is impacting shareholders by issuing new shares. Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Mo-BRUK.

To understand the value of a company's earnings growth, it is imperative to consider any dilution of shareholders' interests. Mo-BRUK expanded the number of shares on issue by 18% over the last year. That means its earnings are split among a greater number of shares. To celebrate net income while ignoring dilution is like rejoicing because you have a single slice of a larger pizza, but ignoring the fact that the pizza is now cut into many more slices. You can see a chart of Mo-BRUK's EPS by clicking here.

A Look At The Impact Of Mo-BRUK's Dilution on Its Earnings Per Share (EPS).

Mo-BRUK has improved its profit over the last three years, with an annualized gain of 1,248% in that time. But EPS was only up 1,204% per year, in the exact same period. And the 81% profit boost in the last year certainly seems impressive at first glance. On the other hand, earnings per share are only up 83% in that time. So you can see that the dilution has had a bit of an impact on shareholders. Therefore, the dilution is having a noteworthy influence on shareholder returns. And so, you can see quite clearly that dilution is influencing shareholder earnings.

In the long term, earnings per share growth should beget share price growth. So it will certainly be a positive for shareholders if Mo-BRUK can grow EPS persistently. However, if its profit increases while its earnings per share stay flat (or even fall) then shareholders might not see much benefit. 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.

Our Take On Mo-BRUK's Profit Performance

Each Mo-BRUK share now gets a meaningfully smaller slice of its overall profit, due to dilution of existing shareholders. Therefore, it seems possible to us that Mo-BRUK's true underlying earnings power is actually less than its statutory profit. But the good news is that its EPS growth over the last three years has been very impressive. 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. 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. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 2 warning signs with Mo-BRUK, and understanding these should be part of your investment process.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Mo-BRUK'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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