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Impressive Earnings May Not Tell The Whole Story For CSP (NASDAQ:CSPI)

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Investors were disappointed with CSP Inc.'s (NASDAQ:CSPI) earnings, despite the strong profit numbers. We think that the market might be paying attention to some underlying factors are concerning.

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NasdaqGM:CSPI Earnings and Revenue History December 21st 2023

An Unusual Tax Situation

CSP reported a tax benefit of US$469k, which is well worth noting. This is of course a bit out of the ordinary, given it is more common for companies to be paying tax than receiving tax benefits! We're sure the company was pleased with its tax benefit. However, our data indicates that tax benefits can temporarily boost statutory profit in the year it is booked, but subsequently profit may fall back. Assuming the tax benefit is not repeated every year, we could see its profitability drop noticeably, all else being equal.

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Our Take On CSP's Profit Performance

CSP reported that it received a tax benefit, rather than paid tax, in its last report. As a result we don't think its profit result, which includes that tax-boost, is a good guide to its sustainable profit levels. Because of this, we think that it may be that CSP's statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. The silver lining is that its EPS growth over the last year has been really wonderful, even if it's not a perfect measure. 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 CSP at this point in time. While conducting our analysis, we found that CSP has 3 warning signs and it would be unwise to ignore them.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of CSP'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. 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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