Hebei Yichen Industrial Group Corporation Limited's (HKG:1596) recent weak earnings report didn't cause a big stock movement. However, we believe that investors should be aware of some underlying factors which may be of concern.
See our latest analysis for Hebei Yichen Industrial GroupSEHK:1596 Earnings and Revenue History May 3rd 2022
How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?
Importantly, our data indicates that Hebei Yichen Industrial Group's profit received a boost of CN¥20m 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. Assuming those unusual items don't show up again in the current year, we'd thus expect profit to be weaker next year (in the absence of business growth, that is).
Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Hebei Yichen Industrial Group.
Our Take On Hebei Yichen Industrial Group's Profit Performance
We'd posit that Hebei Yichen Industrial Group's statutory earnings aren't a clean read on ongoing productivity, due to the large unusual item. Because of this, we think that it may be that Hebei Yichen Industrial Group's statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. Nonetheless, it's still worth noting that its earnings per share have grown at 52% over the last three years. 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. Keep in mind, when it comes to analysing a stock it's worth noting the risks involved. You'd be interested to know, that we found 1 warning sign for Hebei Yichen Industrial Group and you'll want to know about this.
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