SiTime's (NASDAQ:SITM) Earnings Are Weaker Than They Seem

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 10, 2021
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Despite posting some strong earnings, the market for SiTime Corporation's (NASDAQ:SITM) stock hasn't moved much. Our analysis suggests that shareholders have noticed something concerning in the numbers.

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NasdaqGM:SITM Earnings and Revenue History November 11th 2021

One essential aspect of assessing earnings quality is to look at how much a company is diluting shareholders. In fact, SiTime increased the number of shares on issue by 14% over the last twelve months by issuing new shares. That means its earnings are split among a greater number of shares. 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. Check out SiTime's historical EPS growth by clicking on this link.

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

SiTime was losing money three years ago. Zooming in to the last year, we still can't talk about growth rates coherently, since it made a loss last year. But mathematics aside, it is always good to see when a formerly unprofitable business come good (though we accept profit would have been higher if dilution had not been required). And so, you can see quite clearly that dilution is influencing shareholder earnings.

In the long term, if SiTime's 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 the ordinary retail shareholder, EPS is a great measure to check your hypothetical "share" of the company's profit.

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

Alongside that dilution, it's also important to note that SiTime's profit was boosted by unusual items worth US$1.0m in the last twelve months. While it's always nice to have higher profit, a large contribution from unusual items sometimes dampens our enthusiasm. 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'. If SiTime doesn't see that contribution repeat, then all else being equal we'd expect its profit to drop over the current year.

Our Take On SiTime's Profit Performance

To sum it all up, SiTime got a nice boost to profit from unusual items; without that, its statutory results would have looked worse. And furthermore, it went and issued plenty of new shares, ensuring that each shareholder (who did not tip more money in) now owns a smaller proportion of the company. Considering all this we'd argue SiTime's profits probably give an overly generous impression of its sustainable level of profitability. In light of this, if you'd like to do more analysis on the company, it's vital to be informed of the risks involved. You'd be interested to know, that we found 3 warning signs for SiTime and you'll want to know about them.

In this article we've looked at a number of factors that can impair the utility of profit numbers, and we've come away cautious. 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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