Nizhnekamskneftekhim's (MCX:NKNC) Promising Earnings May Rest On Soft Foundations

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 03, 2021
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Public Joint Stock Company Nizhnekamskneftekhim's (MCX:NKNC) stock was strong after they reported robust earnings. However, our analysis suggests that shareholders may be missing some factors that indicate the earnings result was not as good as it looked.

Check out our latest analysis for Nizhnekamskneftekhim

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MISX:NKNC Earnings and Revenue History September 4th 2021

Zooming In On Nizhnekamskneftekhim's Earnings

In high finance, the key ratio used to measure how well a company converts reported profits into free cash flow (FCF) is the accrual ratio (from cashflow). In plain english, this ratio subtracts FCF from net profit, and divides that number by the company's average operating assets over that period. You could think of the accrual ratio from cashflow as the 'non-FCF profit ratio'.

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. That is not intended to imply we should worry about a positive accrual ratio, but it's worth noting where the accrual ratio is rather high. That's because some academic studies have suggested that high accruals ratios tend to lead to lower profit or less profit growth.

Nizhnekamskneftekhim has an accrual ratio of 0.25 for the year to June 2021. Unfortunately, that means its free cash flow fell significantly short of its reported profits. In the last twelve months it actually had negative free cash flow, with an outflow of ₽19b despite its profit of ₽31.9b, mentioned above. Coming off the back of negative free cash flow last year, we imagine some shareholders might wonder if its cash burn of ₽19b, this year, indicates high risk.

Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Nizhnekamskneftekhim.

Our Take On Nizhnekamskneftekhim's Profit Performance

Nizhnekamskneftekhim's accrual ratio for the last twelve months signifies cash conversion is less than ideal, which is a negative when it comes to our view of its earnings. Because of this, we think that it may be that Nizhnekamskneftekhim's statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. The silver lining is that its EPS growth over the last year has been really wonderful, even if it's not a perfect measure. 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. Keep in mind, when it comes to analysing a stock it's worth noting the risks involved. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 5 warning signs for Nizhnekamskneftekhim (of which 2 shouldn't be ignored!) you should know about.

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Nizhnekamskneftekhim's profit. But there is always more to discover if you are capable of focussing your mind on minutiae. 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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