Despite Springsnow Food Group Co., Ltd.'s (SHSE:605567) recent earnings report having lackluster headline numbers, the market responded positively. Sometimes, shareholders are willing to ignore soft numbers with the hope that they will improve, but our analysis suggests this is unlikely for Springsnow Food Group.
View our latest analysis for Springsnow Food GroupSHSE:605567 Earnings and Revenue History May 5th 2022
Examining Cashflow Against Springsnow Food Group's Earnings
As finance nerds would already know, the accrual ratio from cashflow is a key measure for assessing how well a company's free cash flow (FCF) matches its profit. 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. You could think of the accrual ratio from cashflow as the 'non-FCF profit ratio'.
As a result, a negative accrual ratio is a positive for the company, and a positive accrual ratio is a negative. That is not intended to imply we should worry about a positive accrual ratio, but it's worth noting where the accrual ratio is rather high. Notably, there is some academic evidence that suggests that a high accrual ratio is a bad sign for near-term profits, generally speaking.
Springsnow Food Group has an accrual ratio of 0.24 for the year to March 2022. Therefore, we know that it's free cashflow was significantly lower than its statutory profit, which is hardly a good thing. Even though it reported a profit of CN¥41.8m, a look at free cash flow indicates it actually burnt through CN¥160m in the last year. We saw that FCF was CN¥60m a year ago though, so Springsnow Food Group 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 Springsnow Food Group's Profit Performance
Springsnow Food Group'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. Because of this, we think that it may be that Springsnow Food Group's statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. In further bad news, its earnings per share decreased in the last year. 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 Springsnow Food Group as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. For instance, we've identified 3 warning signs for Springsnow Food Group (1 is concerning) you should be familiar with.
Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Springsnow Food Group'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. 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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