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Robust Earnings May Not Tell The Whole Story For Insimbi Industrial Holdings (JSE:ISB)

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Insimbi Industrial Holdings Limited's (JSE:ISB) robust earnings report didn't manage to move the market for its stock. We did some digging, and we found some concerning factors in the details.

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JSE:ISB Earnings and Revenue History October 26th 2022

The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit

For anyone who wants to understand Insimbi Industrial Holdings' profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit gained from R19m worth of unusual items. While it's always nice to have higher profit, a large contribution from unusual items sometimes dampens our enthusiasm. 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 Insimbi Industrial Holdings doesn't see that contribution repeat, then all else being equal we'd expect its profit to drop over the current year.

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Our Take On Insimbi Industrial Holdings' Profit Performance

Arguably, Insimbi Industrial Holdings' statutory earnings have been distorted by unusual items boosting profit. Therefore, it seems possible to us that Insimbi Industrial Holdings' true underlying earnings power is actually less than its statutory profit. The good news is that, its earnings per share increased by 53% in the last year. 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 Insimbi Industrial Holdings at this point in time. Case in point: We've spotted 5 warning signs for Insimbi Industrial Holdings you should be mindful of and 1 of these is a bit concerning.

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