Brook Crompton Holdings' (SGX:AWC) Soft Earnings Are Actually Better Than They Appear

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 22, 2021
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The market for Brook Crompton Holdings Ltd.'s (SGX:AWC) shares didn't move much after it posted weak earnings recently. We think that the softer headline numbers might be getting counterbalanced by some positive underlying factors.

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SGX:AWC Earnings and Revenue History August 23rd 2021

A Closer Look At Brook Crompton Holdings' Earnings

Many investors haven't heard of the accrual ratio from cashflow, but it is actually a useful measure of how well a company's profit is backed up by free cash flow (FCF) during a given period. In plain english, this ratio subtracts FCF from net profit, and divides that number by the company's average operating assets over that 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. 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. Notably, there is some academic evidence that suggests that a high accrual ratio is a bad sign for near-term profits, generally speaking.

Over the twelve months to June 2021, Brook Crompton Holdings recorded an accrual ratio of -0.16. That indicates that its free cash flow quite significantly exceeded its statutory profit. In fact, it had free cash flow of S$5.0m in the last year, which was a lot more than its statutory profit of S$2.24m. Brook Crompton Holdings' free cash flow improved over the last year, which is generally good to see.

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

Our Take On Brook Crompton Holdings' Profit Performance

Happily for shareholders, Brook Crompton Holdings produced plenty of free cash flow to back up its statutory profit numbers. Because of this, we think Brook Crompton Holdings' underlying earnings potential is as good as, or possibly even better, than the statutory profit makes it seem! On the other hand, its EPS actually shrunk in the last twelve months. 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 Brook Crompton Holdings as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. For instance, we've identified 2 warning signs for Brook Crompton Holdings (1 makes us a bit uncomfortable) you should be familiar with.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Brook Crompton Holdings' profit. But there is always more to discover if you are capable of focussing your mind on minutiae. For example, many people consider a high return on equity as an indication of favorable business economics, while others like to 'follow the money' and search out stocks that insiders are buying. 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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