Tianjin Development Holdings Limited (HKG:882) announced strong profits, but the stock was stagnant. We did some digging, and we found some concerning factors in the details.
See our latest analysis for Tianjin Development HoldingsSEHK:882 Earnings and Revenue History May 4th 2022
How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?
For anyone who wants to understand Tianjin Development Holdings' profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit gained from HK$34m worth of unusual items. While it's always nice to have higher profit, a large contribution from unusual items sometimes dampens our enthusiasm. We ran the numbers on most publicly listed companies worldwide, and it's very common for unusual items to be once-off in nature. And, after all, that's exactly what the accounting terminology implies. If Tianjin Development 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 Tianjin Development Holdings' Profit Performance
Arguably, Tianjin Development Holdings' statutory earnings have been distorted by unusual items boosting profit. Because of this, we think that it may be that Tianjin Development Holdings' statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. Nonetheless, it's still worth noting that its earnings per share have grown at 26% 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. Our analysis shows 2 warning signs for Tianjin Development Holdings (1 is a bit concerning!) and we strongly recommend you look at them before investing .
Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Tianjin Development Holdings' 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. 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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