RCM Technologies' (NASDAQ:RCMT) Earnings Are Of Questionable Quality

Simply Wall St
November 18, 2021
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RCM Technologies, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:RCMT) stock was strong after they reported robust earnings. We did some analysis and think that investors are missing some details hidden beneath the profit numbers.

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NasdaqGM:RCMT Earnings and Revenue History November 19th 2021

The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit

For anyone who wants to understand RCM Technologies' profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit gained from US$8.2m 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. And that's as you'd expect, given these boosts are described as 'unusual'. RCM Technologies had a rather significant contribution from unusual items relative to its profit to October 2021. All else being equal, this would likely have the effect of making the statutory profit a poor guide to underlying earnings power.

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.

Our Take On RCM Technologies' Profit Performance

As previously mentioned, RCM Technologies' 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 RCM Technologies' underlying earnings power is lower than its statutory profit. The good news is that it earned a profit in the last twelve months, despite its previous loss. 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. With this in mind, we wouldn't consider investing in a stock unless we had a thorough understanding of the risks. For example, we've discovered 3 warning signs that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of RCM Technologies.

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