Are Earnings Prospects Improving For Loss-Making Orzel Spolka Akcyjna’s (WSE:ORL)?

In this commentary, I will examine Orzel Spolka Akcyjna’s (WSE:ORL) latest earnings update (31 December 2017) and compare these figures against its performance over the past couple of years, as well as how the rest of the chemicals industry performed. As an investor, I find it beneficial to assess ORL’s trend over the short-to-medium term in order to gauge whether or not the company is able to meet its goals, and ultimately sustainably grow over time. View our latest analysis for Orzel Spolka Akcyjna

Could ORL beat the long-term trend and outperform its industry?

I use data from the most recent 12 months, which annualizes the latest 6-month earnings release, or some times, the latest annual report is already the most recent financial data. This technique enables me to assess various companies on a more comparable basis, using the most relevant data points. For Orzel Spolka Akcyjna, its most recent earnings (trailing twelve month) is -ZŁ796.35K, which, in comparison to the previous year’s level, has become less negative. Given that these figures may be somewhat short-term, I’ve computed an annualized five-year figure for ORL’s earnings, which stands at -ZŁ1.94M. This suggests that, though net income is negative, it has become less negative over the years.

WSE:ORL Income Statement Mar 9th 18
WSE:ORL Income Statement Mar 9th 18
We can further examine Orzel Spolka Akcyjna’s loss by looking at what the industry has been experiencing over the past few years. Each year, for the past half a decade Orzel Spolka Akcyjna has seen an annual decline in revenue of -26.24%, on average. This adverse movement is a driver of the company’s inability to reach breakeven. Has the entire industry experienced this headwind? Looking at growth from a sector-level, the PL chemicals industry has been enduring some headwinds in the past twelve months, leading to an average earnings drop of -10.90%. This is a momentous change, given that the industry has constantly been delivering a a strong growth of 10.74% in the previous five years. This means despite the fact that Orzel Spolka Akcyjna is currently running a loss, whatever recent headwind the industry is enduring, the impact on Orzel Spolka Akcyjna has been softer relative to its peers.

What does this mean?

Orzel Spolka Akcyjna’s track record can be a valuable insight into its earnings performance, but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. With companies that are currently loss-making, it is always hard to forecast what will happen in the future and when. The most useful step is to assess company-specific issues Orzel Spolka Akcyjna may be facing and whether management guidance has dependably been met in the past. I suggest you continue to research Orzel Spolka Akcyjna to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  • 1. Financial Health: Is ORL’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
  • 2. Valuation: What is ORL worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether ORL is currently mispriced by the market.
  • 3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.
NB: Figures in this article are calculated using data from the trailing twelve months from 31 December 2017. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.