GR Properties Limited's (HKG:108) 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.
See our latest analysis for GR PropertiesSEHK:108 Earnings and Revenue History May 9th 2022
The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
For anyone who wants to understand GR Properties' profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit gained from HK$215m worth of unusual items. While it's always nice to have higher profit, a large contribution from unusual items sometimes dampens our enthusiasm. 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, after all, that's exactly what the accounting terminology implies. GR Properties had a rather significant contribution from unusual items relative to its profit to December 2021. As a result, we can surmise that the unusual items are making its statutory profit significantly stronger than it would otherwise be.
Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of GR Properties.
Our Take On GR Properties' Profit Performance
As we discussed above, we think the significant positive unusual item makes GR Properties' earnings a poor guide to its underlying profitability. As a result, we think it may well be the case that GR Properties' underlying earnings power is lower than its statutory profit. But on the bright side, its earnings per share have grown at an extremely impressive rate over the last three years. 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. So while earnings quality is important, it's equally important to consider the risks facing GR Properties at this point in time. Be aware that GR Properties is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis and 1 of those is significant...
Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of GR Properties' 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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