The subdued market reaction suggests that Nera Telecommunications Ltd's (SGX:N01) recent earnings didn't contain any surprises. We think that investors are worried about some weaknesses underlying the earnings.
The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
For anyone who wants to understand Nera Telecommunications' profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit gained from S$1.8m worth of unusual items. While we like to see profit increases, we tend to be a little more cautious when unusual items have made a big contribution. We ran the numbers on most publicly listed companies worldwide, and it's very common for unusual items to be once-off in nature. Which is hardly surprising, given the name. We can see that Nera Telecommunications' positive unusual items were quite significant relative to its profit in the year to December 2020. All else being equal, this would likely have the effect of making the statutory profit a poor guide to underlying earnings power.
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Our Take On Nera Telecommunications' Profit Performance
As previously mentioned, Nera Telecommunications' 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 Nera Telecommunications' underlying earnings power is lower than its statutory profit. Sadly, its EPS was down over the last twelve months. 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. So if you'd like to dive deeper into this stock, it's crucial to consider any risks it's facing. When we did our research, we found 4 warning signs for Nera Telecommunications (2 can't be ignored!) that we believe deserve your full attention.
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