Cable One's (NYSE:CABO) Earnings Are Growing But Is There More To The Story?

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 13, 2021

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. Today we'll focus on whether this year's statutory profits are a good guide to understanding Cable One (NYSE:CABO).

While Cable One was able to generate revenue of US$1.31b in the last twelve months, we think its profit result of US$251.8m was more important. One positive is that it has grown both its profit and its revenue, over the last few years.

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NYSE:CABO Earnings and Revenue History January 13th 2021

Of course, when it comes to statutory profit, the devil is often in the detail, and we can get a better sense for a company by diving deeper into the financial statements. In this article we will consider how Cable One's decision to issue new shares in the company has impacted returns to shareholders. 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.

In order to understand the potential for per share returns, it is essential to consider how much a company is diluting shareholders. Cable One expanded the number of shares on issue by 5.5% over the last year. Therefore, each share now receives a smaller portion of profit. To celebrate net income while ignoring dilution is like rejoicing because you have a single slice of a larger pizza, but ignoring the fact that the pizza is now cut into many more slices. You can see a chart of Cable One's EPS by clicking here.

A Look At The Impact Of Cable One's Dilution on Its Earnings Per Share (EPS).

Cable One has improved its profit over the last three years, with an annualized gain of 112% in that time. And the 51% profit boost in the last year certainly seems impressive at first glance. But in comparison, EPS only increased by 47% over the same period. 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, earnings per share growth should beget share price growth. So Cable One shareholders will want to see that EPS figure continue to increase. However, if its profit increases while its earnings per share stay flat (or even fall) then shareholders might not see much benefit. For the ordinary retail shareholder, EPS is a great measure to check your hypothetical "share" of the company's profit.

Our Take On Cable One's Profit Performance

Cable One shareholders should keep in mind how many new shares it is issuing, because, dilution clearly has the power to severely impact shareholder returns. Therefore, it seems possible to us that Cable One's true underlying earnings power is actually less than its statutory profit. But on the bright side, its earnings per share have grown at an extremely impressive rate over the last three years. 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 while earnings quality is important, it's equally important to consider the risks facing Cable One at this point in time. You'd be interested to know, that we found 3 warning signs for Cable One and you'll want to know about them.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Cable One's profit. But there is always more to discover if you are capable of focussing your mind on minutiae. Some people consider a high return on equity to be a good sign of a quality business. While it might take a little research on your behalf, you may find this free collection of companies boasting high return on equity, or this list of stocks that insiders are buying to be useful.

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