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. This article will consider whether Perficient’s (NASDAQ:PRFT) statutory profits are a good guide to its underlying earnings.
While Perficient was able to generate revenue of US$581.7m in the last twelve months, we think its profit result of US$37.2m was more important. Happily, it has grown both its profit and revenue over the last three years, as you can see in the chart below.
Importantly, statutory profits are not always the best tool for understanding a company’s true earnings power, so it’s well worth examining profits in a little more detail. This article will discuss how unusual items have impacted Perficient’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.
How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?
For anyone who wants to understand Perficient’s profit beyond the statutory numbers, it’s important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit was reduced by US$6.3m 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. If Perficient doesn’t see those unusual expenses repeat, then all else being equal we’d expect its profit to increase over the coming year.
Our Take On Perficient’s Profit Performance
Because unusual items detracted from Perficient’s earnings over the last year, you could argue that we can expect an improved result in the current quarter. Based on this observation, we consider it likely that Perficient’s statutory profit actually understates its earnings potential! Better yet, its EPS are growing strongly, which is nice to see. 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. While it’s really important to consider how well a company’s statutory earnings represent its true earnings power, it’s also worth taking a look at what analysts are forecasting for the future. Luckily, you can check out what analysts are forecasting by clicking here.
This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Perficient’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. 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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