Many investors consider it preferable to invest in profitable companies over unprofitable ones, because profitability suggests a business is sustainable. 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 Hong Pu Real Estate Development's (TPE:2536) statutory profits are a good guide to its underlying earnings.
While Hong Pu Real Estate Development was able to generate revenue of NT$4.14b in the last twelve months, we think its profit result of NT$698.3m was more important. The good news is that the company managed to grow its revenue over the last three years, and also move from loss-making to profitable.
Not all profits are equal, and we can learn more about the nature of a company's past profitability by diving deeper into the financial statements. This article will focus on the impact unusual items have had on Hong Pu Real Estate Development's statutory earnings. Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Hong Pu Real Estate Development.
How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?
To properly understand Hong Pu Real Estate Development's profit results, we need to consider the NT$198m gain attributed to unusual items. While it's always nice to have higher profit, a large contribution from unusual items sometimes dampens our enthusiasm. We ran the numbers on most publicly listed companies worldwide, and it's very common for unusual items to be once-off in nature. And, after all, that's exactly what the accounting terminology implies. If Hong Pu Real Estate Development doesn't see that contribution repeat, then all else being equal we'd expect its profit to drop over the current year.
Our Take On Hong Pu Real Estate Development's Profit Performance
Arguably, Hong Pu Real Estate Development's statutory earnings have been distorted by unusual items boosting profit. Because of this, we think that it may be that Hong Pu Real Estate Development's statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. The good news is that, its earnings per share increased by 23% in the 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. So if you'd like to dive deeper into this stock, it's crucial to consider any risks it's facing. For example, we've found that Hong Pu Real Estate Development has 4 warning signs (2 are significant!) that deserve your attention before going any further with your analysis.
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