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Computer Task Group (NASDAQ:CTG) Posted Healthy Earnings But There Are Some Other Factors To Be Aware Of

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Unsurprisingly, Computer Task Group, Incorporated's (NASDAQ:CTG) stock price was strong on the back of its healthy earnings report. However, our analysis suggests that shareholders may be missing some factors that indicate the earnings result was not as good as it looked.

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NasdaqGS:CTG Earnings and Revenue History March 1st 2022

An Unusual Tax Situation

We can see that Computer Task Group received a tax benefit of US$2.0m. This is meaningful because companies usually pay tax rather than receive 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. In the likely event the tax benefit is not repeated, we'd expect to see its statutory profit levels drop, at least in the absence of strong growth. While we think it's good that the company has booked a tax benefit, it does mean that there's every chance the statutory profit will come in a lot higher than it would be if the income was adjusted for one-off factors.

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.

Our Take On Computer Task Group's Profit Performance

As we have already discussed Computer Task Group reported that it received a tax benefit, rather than paying tax, in the last year. Given that sort of benefit is not recurring, a focus on the statutory profit might make the company seem better than it really is. Because of this, we think that it may be that Computer Task Group's statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. The good news is that, its earnings per share increased by 76% in the last year. Of course, we've only just scratched the surface when it comes to analysing its earnings; one could also consider margins, forecast growth, and return on investment, among other factors. If you'd like to know more about Computer Task Group as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 1 warning sign with Computer Task Group, and understanding it should be part of your investment process.

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

What are the risks and opportunities for Computer Task Group?

Computer Task Group, Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, offers information and technology services in North America, South America, Western Europe, and India.

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Rewards

  • Trading at 47.9% below our estimate of its fair value

  • Earnings grew by 103.4% over the past year

Risks

  • Shareholders have been diluted in the past year

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