C.banner International Holdings Limited's (HKG:1028) robust earnings report didn't manage to move the market for its stock. Our analysis suggests that this might be because shareholders have noticed some concerning underlying factors.
View our latest analysis for C.banner International HoldingsSEHK:1028 Earnings and Revenue History May 9th 2022
The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
Importantly, our data indicates that C.banner International Holdings' profit received a boost of CN¥2.1m in unusual items, over the last year. While we like to see profit increases, we tend to be a little more cautious when unusual items have made a big contribution. When we crunched the numbers on thousands of publicly listed companies, we found that a boost from unusual items in a given year is often not repeated the next year. And that's as you'd expect, given these boosts are described as 'unusual'. C.banner International Holdings had a rather significant contribution from unusual items relative to its profit to December 2021. All else being equal, this would likely have the effect of making the statutory profit a poor guide to underlying earnings power.
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Our Take On C.banner International Holdings' Profit Performance
As we discussed above, we think the significant positive unusual item makes C.banner International Holdings' earnings a poor guide to its underlying profitability. For this reason, we think that C.banner International Holdings' statutory profits may be a bad guide to its underlying earnings power, and might give investors an overly positive impression of the company. But the happy news is that, while acknowledging we have to look beyond the statutory numbers, those numbers are still improving, with EPS growing at a very high rate over the last year. 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. So while earnings quality is important, it's equally important to consider the risks facing C.banner International Holdings at this point in time. For example, C.banner International Holdings has 3 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit unpleasant) we think you should know about.
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