DRAGO entertainment Spólka Akcyjna's (WSE:DGE) 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.
A Closer Look At DRAGO entertainment Spólka Akcyjna's Earnings
Many investors haven't heard of the accrual ratio from cashflow, but it is actually a useful measure of how well a company's profit is backed up by free cash flow (FCF) during a given period. In plain english, this ratio subtracts FCF from net profit, and divides that number by the company's average operating assets over that period. This ratio tells us how much of a company's profit is not backed by free cashflow.
Therefore, it's actually considered a good thing when a company has a negative accrual ratio, but a bad thing if its accrual ratio is positive. While it's not a problem to have a positive accrual ratio, indicating a certain level of non-cash profits, a high accrual ratio is arguably a bad thing, because it indicates paper profits are not matched by cash flow. Notably, there is some academic evidence that suggests that a high accrual ratio is a bad sign for near-term profits, generally speaking.
For the year to December 2021, DRAGO entertainment Spólka Akcyjna had an accrual ratio of 0.49. Ergo, its free cash flow is significantly weaker than its profit. Statistically speaking, that's a real negative for future earnings. In fact, it had free cash flow of zł2.9m in the last year, which was a lot less than its statutory profit of zł4.08m. Given that DRAGO entertainment Spólka Akcyjna had negative free cash flow in the prior corresponding period, the trailing twelve month resul of zł2.9m would seem to be a step in the right direction.
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Our Take On DRAGO entertainment Spólka Akcyjna's Profit Performance
As we have made quite clear, we're a bit worried that DRAGO entertainment Spólka Akcyjna didn't back up the last year's profit with free cashflow. As a result, we think it may well be the case that DRAGO entertainment Spólka Akcyjna's underlying earnings power is lower than its statutory profit. Of course, we've only just scratched the surface when it comes to analysing its earnings; one could also consider margins, forecast growth, and return on investment, among other factors. So if you'd like to dive deeper into this stock, it's crucial to consider any risks it's facing. Be aware that DRAGO entertainment Spólka Akcyjna is showing 5 warning signs in our investment analysis and 1 of those is significant...
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