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Should You Rely On Tung Ho Steel Enterprise's (TPE:2006) Earnings Growth?

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As a general rule, we think profitable companies are less risky than companies that lose money. 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. In this article, we'll look at how useful this year's statutory profit is, when analysing Tung Ho Steel Enterprise (TPE:2006).

We like the fact that Tung Ho Steel Enterprise made a profit of NT$2.45b on its revenue of NT$41.2b, in the last year. In the chart below, you can see that its profit and revenue have both grown over the last three years, although its revenue has slipped in the last twelve months.

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TSEC:2006 Earnings and Revenue History December 8th 2020

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. So today we'll look at what Tung Ho Steel Enterprise's cashflow tells us about the quality of its earnings. 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.

Examining Cashflow Against Tung Ho Steel Enterprise'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. This ratio tells us how much of a company's profit is not backed by free cashflow.

As a result, a negative accrual ratio is a positive for the company, and a positive accrual ratio is a negative. 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. Notably, there is some academic evidence that suggests that a high accrual ratio is a bad sign for near-term profits, generally speaking.

For the year to September 2020, Tung Ho Steel Enterprise had an accrual ratio of -0.12. Therefore, its statutory earnings were quite a lot less than its free cashflow. In fact, it had free cash flow of NT$7.3b in the last year, which was a lot more than its statutory profit of NT$2.45b. Notably, Tung Ho Steel Enterprise had negative free cash flow last year, so the NT$7.3b it produced this year was a welcome improvement.

Our Take On Tung Ho Steel Enterprise's Profit Performance

Tung Ho Steel Enterprise's accrual ratio is solid, and indicates strong free cash flow, as we discussed, above. Because of this, we think Tung Ho Steel Enterprise's earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! Furthermore, it has done a great job growing EPS over the last year. Of course, we've only just scratched the surface when it comes to analysing its earnings; one could also consider margins, forecast growth, and return on investment, among other factors. Keep in mind, when it comes to analysing a stock it's worth noting the risks involved. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Tung Ho Steel Enterprise you should be aware of.

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Tung Ho Steel Enterprise'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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