Statistically speaking, it is less risky to invest in profitable companies than in unprofitable ones. Having said that, sometimes statutory profit levels are not a good guide to ongoing profitability, because some short term one-off factor has impacted profit levels. In this article, we’ll look at how useful this year’s statutory profit is, when analysing EDOM Technology (TPE:3048).
We like the fact that EDOM Technology made a profit of NT$537.2m on its revenue of NT$102.2b, in the last year. In the chart below, you can see that its profit and revenue have both grown over the last three years.
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Not all profits are equal, and we can learn more about the nature of a company’s past profitability by diving deeper into the financial statements. As a result, we think it’s well worth considering what EDOM Technology’s cashflow (when compared to its earnings) can tell us about the nature of its statutory profit. Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of EDOM Technology.
Zooming In On EDOM Technology’s Earnings
One key financial ratio used to measure how well a company converts its profit to free cash flow (FCF) is the accrual ratio. In plain english, this ratio subtracts FCF from net profit, and divides that number by the company’s average operating assets over that period. This ratio tells us how much of a company’s profit is not backed by free cashflow.
That means a negative accrual ratio is a good thing, because it shows that the company is bringing in more free cash flow than its profit would suggest. While having an accrual ratio above zero is of little concern, we do think it’s worth noting when a company has a relatively high accrual ratio. To quote a 2014 paper by Lewellen and Resutek, “firms with higher accruals tend to be less profitable in the future”.
Over the twelve months to September 2020, EDOM Technology recorded an accrual ratio of 0.22. Unfortunately, that means its free cash flow fell significantly short of its reported profits. Even though it reported a profit of NT$537.2m, a look at free cash flow indicates it actually burnt through NT$1.3b in the last year. We saw that FCF was NT$1.3b a year ago though, so EDOM Technology has at least been able to generate positive FCF in the past. The good news for shareholders is that EDOM Technology’s accrual ratio was much better last year, so this year’s poor reading might simply be a case of a short term mismatch between profit and FCF. Shareholders should look for improved cashflow relative to profit in the current year, if that is indeed the case.
Our Take On EDOM Technology’s Profit Performance
EDOM Technology’s accrual ratio for the last twelve months signifies cash conversion is less than ideal, which is a negative when it comes to our view of its earnings. Therefore, it seems possible to us that EDOM Technology’s true underlying earnings power is actually less than its statutory profit. But on the bright side, its earnings per share have grown at an extremely impressive rate over the last three years. 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. If you’d like to know more about EDOM Technology as a business, it’s important to be aware of any risks it’s facing. Case in point: We’ve spotted 3 warning signs for EDOM Technology you should be mindful of and 2 of these shouldn’t be ignored.
This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of EDOM Technology’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. 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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