Sonaecom S.G.P.S' (ELI:SNC) Solid Earnings May Rest On Weak Foundations

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 07, 2021
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The recent earnings posted by Sonaecom, S.G.P.S., S.A. (ELI:SNC) were solid, but the stock didn't move as much as we expected. We think this is due to investors looking beyond the statutory profits and being concerned with what they see.

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ENXTLS:SNC Earnings and Revenue History April 8th 2021

The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit

For anyone who wants to understand Sonaecom S.G.P.S' profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit gained from €23m 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. Which is hardly surprising, given the name. We can see that Sonaecom S.G.P.S' positive unusual items were quite significant relative to its profit in the year to December 2020. All else being equal, this would likely have the effect of making the statutory profit a poor guide to underlying earnings power.

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Our Take On Sonaecom S.G.P.S' Profit Performance

As we discussed above, we think the significant positive unusual item makes Sonaecom S.G.P.S' earnings a poor guide to its underlying profitability. As a result, we think it may well be the case that Sonaecom S.G.P.S' underlying earnings power is lower than its statutory profit. But on the bright side, its earnings per share have grown at an extremely impressive rate over the last three years. 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. If you want to do dive deeper into Sonaecom S.G.P.S, you'd also look into what risks it is currently facing. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Sonaecom S.G.P.S you should be aware of.

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