Many investors consider it preferable to invest in profitable companies over unprofitable ones, because profitability suggests a business is sustainable. That said, the current statutory profit is not always a good guide to a company’s underlying profitability. This article will consider whether Ball‘s (NYSE:BLL) statutory profits are a good guide to its underlying earnings.
We like the fact that Ball made a profit of US$566.0m on its revenue of US$11.5b, in the last year. Happily, it has grown both its profit and revenue over the last three years, as you can see in the chart below.
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 discuss how unusual items have impacted Ball’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
For anyone who wants to understand Ball’s profit beyond the statutory numbers, it’s important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit was reduced by US$206m due to unusual items. 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, after all, that’s exactly what the accounting terminology implies. Assuming those unusual expenses don’t come up again, we’d therefore expect Ball to produce a higher profit next year, all else being equal.
Our Take On Ball’s Profit Performance
Unusual items (expenses) detracted from Ball’s earnings over the last year, but we might see an improvement next year. Because of this, we think Ball’s earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! Better yet, its EPS are growing strongly, which is nice to see. 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. So if you’d like to dive deeper into this stock, it’s crucial to consider any risks it’s facing. Every company has risks, and we’ve spotted 2 warning signs for Ball (of which 1 is significant!) you should know about.
This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Ball’s profit. But there are plenty of other ways to inform your opinion of a company. 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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