It might be old fashioned, but we really like to invest in companies that make a profit, each and every year. 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 Carnival Industrial (TPE:1417).
It’s good to see that over the last twelve months Carnival Industrial made a profit of NT$106.2m on revenue of NT$1.17b. Even though revenue is down over the last three years, you can see in the chart below that the company has moved from loss-making to profitable.
Of course, when it comes to statutory profit, the devil is often in the detail, and we can get a better sense for a company by diving deeper into the financial statements. This article will discuss how unusual items have impacted Carnival Industrial’s most recent profit results. Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Carnival Industrial.
The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
Importantly, our data indicates that Carnival Industrial’s profit received a boost of NT$473m in unusual items, over the last year. 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. We can see that Carnival Industrial’s positive unusual items were quite significant relative to its profit in the year to September 2020. As a result, we can surmise that the unusual items are making its statutory profit significantly stronger than it would otherwise be.
Our Take On Carnival Industrial’s Profit Performance
As we discussed above, we think the significant positive unusual item makes Carnival Industrial’searnings a poor guide to its underlying profitability. For this reason, we think that Carnival Industrial’s statutory profits may be a bad guide to its underlying earnings power, and might give investors an overly positive impression of the company. The good news is that it earned a profit in the last twelve months, despite its previous loss. 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. Keep in mind, when it comes to analysing a stock it’s worth noting the risks involved. For example – Carnival Industrial has 3 warning signs we think you should be aware of.
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