Why Development Works Food's (TADAWUL:9501) Earnings Are Better Than They Seem

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 29, 2021
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Development Works Food Co. Ltd's (TADAWUL:9501) solid earnings announcement recently didn't do much to the stock price. We did some digging, and we think that investors are missing some encouraging factors in the underlying numbers.

See our latest analysis for Development Works Food

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SASE:9501 Earnings and Revenue History August 30th 2021

Examining Cashflow Against Development Works Food'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). The accrual ratio subtracts the FCF from the profit for a given period, and divides the result by the average operating assets of the company over that time. You could think of the accrual ratio from cashflow as the 'non-FCF profit ratio'.

As a result, a negative accrual ratio is a positive for the company, and a positive accrual ratio is a negative. 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.

For the year to June 2021, Development Works Food had an accrual ratio of -0.19. That implies it has very good cash conversion, and that its earnings in the last year actually significantly understate its free cash flow. To wit, it produced free cash flow of ر.س17m during the period, dwarfing its reported profit of ر.س5.51m. Notably, Development Works Food had negative free cash flow last year, so the ر.س17m it produced this year was a welcome improvement.

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

Our Take On Development Works Food's Profit Performance

As we discussed above, Development Works Food's accrual ratio indicates strong conversion of profit to free cash flow, which is a positive for the company. Because of this, we think Development Works Food's underlying earnings potential is as good as, or possibly even better, than the statutory profit makes it seem! And it's also positive that the company showed enough improvement to book a profit this year, after losing money last year. 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 Development Works Food, you'd also look into what risks it is currently facing. For instance, we've identified 3 warning signs for Development Works Food (2 are a bit unpleasant) you should be familiar with.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Development Works Food'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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