Are Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka’s (WSE:LWB) Statutory Earnings A Good Guide To Its Underlying Profitability?

As a general rule, we think profitable companies are less risky than companies that lose money. That said, the current statutory profit is not always a good guide to a company’s underlying profitability. This article will consider whether Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka‘s (WSE:LWB) statutory profits are a good guide to its underlying earnings.

We like the fact that Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka made a profit of zł241.5m on its revenue of zł2.05b, in the last year. The chart below shows that revenue has improved over the last three years, and, even better, the company has moved from unprofitable to profitable.

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WSE:LWB Income Statement, January 21st 2020
WSE:LWB Income Statement, January 21st 2020

Of course, it is only sensible to look beyond the statutory profits and question how well those numbers represent the sustainable earnings power of the business. This article will focus on the impact unusual items have had on Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka’s statutory earnings. 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.

How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?

To properly understand Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka’s profit results, we need to consider the zł34m gain attributed to unusual items. While we like to see profit increases, we tend to be a little more cautious when unusual items have made a big contribution. We ran the numbers on most publicly listed companies worldwide, and it’s very common for unusual items to be once-off in nature. And, after all, that’s exactly what the accounting terminology implies. 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 Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka’s Profit Performance

Arguably, Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka’s statutory earnings have been distorted by unusual items boosting profit. Because of this, we think that it may be that Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka’s statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. In further bad news, its earnings per share decreased 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. Obviously, we love to consider the historical data to inform our opinion of a company. But it can be really valuable to consider what other analysts are forecasting. Luckily, you can check out what analysts are forecsting by clicking here.

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