Broadly speaking, profitable businesses are less risky than unprofitable ones. Having said that, sometimes statutory profit levels are not a good guide to ongoing profitability, because some short term one-off factor has impacted profit levels. This article will consider whether Elos Medtech's (STO:ELOS B) statutory profits are a good guide to its underlying earnings.
We like the fact that Elos Medtech made a profit of kr32.5m on its revenue of kr583.5m, in the last year. Happily, it has grown both its profit and revenue over the last three years (but not in the last year), as you can see in the chart below.
Of course, it is only sensible to look beyond the statutory profits and question how well those numbers represent the sustainable earnings power of the business. This article will discuss how unusual items have impacted Elos Medtech's most recent profit results. That might leave you wondering what analysts are forecasting in terms of future profitability. Luckily, you can click here to see an interactive graph depicting future profitability, based on their estimates.
The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
For anyone who wants to understand Elos Medtech's profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit gained from kr45m 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 crunched the numbers on thousands of publicly listed companies, we found that a boost from unusual items in a given year is often not repeated the next year. Which is hardly surprising, given the name. We can see that Elos Medtech's positive unusual items were quite significant relative to its profit in the year to September 2020. As a result, we can surmise that the unusual items are making its statutory profit significantly stronger than it would otherwise be.
Our Take On Elos Medtech's Profit Performance
As previously mentioned, Elos Medtech's large boost from unusual items won't be there indefinitely, so its statutory earnings are probably a poor guide to its underlying profitability. As a result, we think it may well be the case that Elos Medtech's underlying earnings power is lower than its statutory profit. But at least holders can take some solace from the 35% per annum growth in EPS for the last three. At the end of the day, it's essential to consider more than just the factors above, if you want to understand the company properly. If you'd like to know more about Elos Medtech as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. For example, we've found that Elos Medtech has 3 warning signs (1 is potentially serious!) that deserve your attention before going any further with your analysis.
This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Elos Medtech'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. While it might take a little research on your behalf, you may find this free collection of companies boasting high return on equity, or this list of stocks that insiders are buying to be useful.
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