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Jiangsu Huahong Technology's (SZSE:002645) Earnings Are Weaker Than They Seem

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Jiangsu Huahong Technology Co., Ltd. (SZSE:002645) just reported some strong earnings, and the market rewarded them with a positive share price move. However, we think that shareholders may be missing some concerning details in the numbers.

View our latest analysis for Jiangsu Huahong Technology

SZSE:002645 Earnings and Revenue History May 3rd 2022

Examining Cashflow Against Jiangsu Huahong Technology's Earnings

Many investors haven't heard of the accrual ratio from cashflow, but it is actually a useful measure of how well a company's profit is backed up by free cash flow (FCF) during a given period. To get the accrual ratio we first subtract FCF from profit for a period, and then divide that number by the average operating assets for the period. This ratio tells us how much of a company's profit is not backed by free cashflow.

As a result, a negative accrual ratio is a positive for the company, and a positive accrual ratio is a negative. While it's not a problem to have a positive accrual ratio, indicating a certain level of non-cash profits, a high accrual ratio is arguably a bad thing, because it indicates paper profits are not matched by cash flow. 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 March 2022, Jiangsu Huahong Technology recorded an accrual ratio of 0.22. Therefore, we know that it's free cashflow was significantly lower than its statutory profit, which is hardly a good thing. Over the last year it actually had negative free cash flow of CN¥42m, in contrast to the aforementioned profit of CN¥651.4m. We saw that FCF was CN¥307m a year ago though, so Jiangsu Huahong Technology has at least been able to generate positive FCF in the past.

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.

Our Take On Jiangsu Huahong Technology's Profit Performance

Jiangsu Huahong Technology didn't convert much of its profit to free cash flow in the last year, which some investors may consider rather suboptimal. Because of this, we think that it may be that Jiangsu Huahong Technology's statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. But the good news is that its EPS growth over the last three years has been very impressive. At the end of the day, it's essential to consider more than just the factors above, if you want to understand the company properly. So if you'd like to dive deeper into this stock, it's crucial to consider any risks it's facing. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Jiangsu Huahong Technology (of which 1 shouldn't be ignored!) you should know about.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Jiangsu Huahong Technology'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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