Investors Can Find Comfort In TNS energo Rostov-on-Don's (MCX:RTSB) Earnings Quality

Simply Wall St
September 08, 2021
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Soft earnings didn't appear to concern Public Joint Stock Company "TNS energo Rostov-on-Don"'s (MCX:RTSB) shareholders over the last week. We think that the softer headline numbers might be getting counterbalanced by some positive underlying factors.

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MISX:RTSB Earnings and Revenue History September 9th 2021

A Closer Look At TNS energo Rostov-on-Don's Earnings

One key financial ratio used to measure how well a company converts its profit to free cash flow (FCF) is the accrual ratio. To get the accrual ratio we first subtract FCF from profit for a period, and then divide that number by the average operating assets for the period. The ratio shows us how much a company's profit exceeds its FCF.

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. To quote a 2014 paper by Lewellen and Resutek, "firms with higher accruals tend to be less profitable in the future".

TNS energo Rostov-on-Don has an accrual ratio of -0.52 for the year to June 2021. Therefore, its statutory earnings were very significantly less than its free cashflow. In fact, it had free cash flow of ₽1.7b in the last year, which was a lot more than its statutory profit of ₽325.2m. Given that TNS energo Rostov-on-Don had negative free cash flow in the prior corresponding period, the trailing twelve month resul of ₽1.7b would seem to be a step in the right direction. Having said that, there is more to the story. The accrual ratio is reflecting the impact of unusual items on statutory profit, at least in part.

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How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?

TNS energo Rostov-on-Don's profit was reduced by unusual items worth ₽150m in the last twelve months, and this helped it produce high cash conversion, as reflected by its unusual items. This is what you'd expect to see where a company has a non-cash charge reducing paper profits. While deductions due to unusual items are disappointing in the first instance, there is a silver lining. We looked at thousands of listed companies and found that unusual items are very often one-off in nature. And that's hardly a surprise given these line items are considered unusual. If TNS energo Rostov-on-Don doesn't see those unusual expenses repeat, then all else being equal we'd expect its profit to increase over the coming year.

Our Take On TNS energo Rostov-on-Don's Profit Performance

In conclusion, both TNS energo Rostov-on-Don's accrual ratio and its unusual items suggest that its statutory earnings are probably reasonably conservative. After considering all this, we reckon TNS energo Rostov-on-Don's statutory profit probably understates its earnings potential! In light of this, if you'd like to do more analysis on the company, it's vital to be informed of the risks involved. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 5 warning signs for TNS energo Rostov-on-Don (of which 2 are a bit unpleasant!) you should know about.

After our examination into the nature of TNS energo Rostov-on-Don's profit, we've come away optimistic for the company. 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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