Are DENTSPLY SIRONA's (NASDAQ:XRAY) Statutory Earnings A Good Reflection Of Its Earnings Potential?

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 29, 2020
NasdaqGS:XRAY

As a general rule, we think profitable companies are less risky than companies that lose money. 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. In this article, we'll look at how useful this year's statutory profit is, when analysing DENTSPLY SIRONA (NASDAQ:XRAY).

We like the fact that DENTSPLY SIRONA made a profit of US$262.9m on its revenue of US$4.03b, in the last year.

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NasdaqGS:XRAY Income Statement April 29th 2020
NasdaqGS:XRAY Income Statement April 29th 2020

Importantly, statutory profits are not always the best tool for understanding a company's true earnings power, so it's well worth examining profits in a little more detail. This article will discuss how unusual items have impacted DENTSPLY SIRONA's most recent profit results. 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.

The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit

Importantly, our data indicates that DENTSPLY SIRONA's profit was reduced by US$197m, due to unusual items, over the last year. While deductions due to unusual items are disappointing in the first instance, there is a silver lining. When we analysed the vast majority of listed companies worldwide, we found that significant unusual items are often not repeated. And that's hardly a surprise given these line items are considered unusual. If DENTSPLY SIRONA doesn't see those unusual expenses repeat, then all else being equal we'd expect its profit to increase over the coming year.

Our Take On DENTSPLY SIRONA's Profit Performance

Unusual items (expenses) detracted from DENTSPLY SIRONA's earnings over the last year, but we might see an improvement next year. Because of this, we think DENTSPLY SIRONA's earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! And it's also positive that the company showed enough improvement to book a profit this year, after losing money 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. You'd be interested to know, that we found 2 warning signs for DENTSPLY SIRONA and you'll want to know about these.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of DENTSPLY SIRONA's profit. But there are plenty of other ways to inform your opinion of a company. 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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