It might be old fashioned, but we really like to invest in companies that make a profit, each and every year. However, sometimes companies receive a one-off boost (or reduction) to their profit, and it's not always clear whether statutory profits are a good guide, going forward. Today we'll focus on whether this year's statutory profits are a good guide to understanding Emerging Display Technologies (TPE:3038).
We like the fact that Emerging Display Technologies made a profit of NT$237.5m on its revenue of NT$3.87b, 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 profit has slipped in the last twelve months.
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. In this article we'll look at how Emerging Display Technologies is impacting shareholders by issuing new shares. 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.
To understand the value of a company's earnings growth, it is imperative to consider any dilution of shareholders' interests. Emerging Display Technologies expanded the number of shares on issue by 5.9% over the last year. That means its earnings are split among a greater number of shares. To talk about net income, without noticing earnings per share, is to be distracted by the big numbers while ignoring the smaller numbers that talk to per share value. You can see a chart of Emerging Display Technologies' EPS by clicking here.
How Is Dilution Impacting Emerging Display Technologies' Earnings Per Share? (EPS)
As you can see above, Emerging Display Technologies has been growing its net income over the last few years, with an annualized gain of 178% over three years. Net income was down 3.5% over the last twelve months. Unfortunately for shareholders, though, the earnings per share result was even worse, declining 2.6%. So you can see that the dilution has had a bit of an impact on shareholders. Therefore, the dilution is having a noteworthy influence on shareholder returns. And so, you can see quite clearly that dilution is influencing shareholder earnings.
In the long term, if Emerging Display Technologies' earnings per share can increase, then the share price should too. However, if its profit increases while its earnings per share stay flat (or even fall) then shareholders might not see much benefit. For that reason, you could say that EPS is more important that net income in the long run, assuming the goal is to assess whether a company's share price might grow.
Our Take On Emerging Display Technologies' Profit Performance
Emerging Display Technologies issued shares during the year, and that means its EPS performance lags its net income growth. Because of this, we think that it may be that Emerging Display Technologies' statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. But the good news is that its EPS growth over the last three years has been very impressive. 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 Emerging Display Technologies as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. At Simply Wall St, we found 3 warning signs for Emerging Display Technologies and we think they deserve your attention.
Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Emerging Display Technologies' 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. 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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