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We Think That There Are Some Issues For KWG Living Group Holdings (HKG:3913) Beyond Its Promising Earnings

Simply Wall St ·  {{timeTz}}

The recent earnings posted by KWG Living Group Holdings Limited (HKG:3913) were solid, but the stock didn't move as much as we expected. We believe that shareholders have noticed some concerning factors beyond the statutory profit numbers.

View our latest analysis for KWG Living Group Holdings

SEHK:3913 Earnings and Revenue History May 11th 2022

Zooming In On KWG Living Group Holdings' 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. In plain english, this ratio subtracts FCF from net profit, and divides that number by the company's average operating assets over that 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. 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. That's because some academic studies have suggested that high accruals ratios tend to lead to lower profit or less profit growth.

KWG Living Group Holdings has an accrual ratio of 0.36 for the year to December 2021. Therefore, we know that it's free cashflow was significantly lower than its statutory profit, raising questions about how useful that profit figure really is. In fact, it had free cash flow of CN¥269m in the last year, which was a lot less than its statutory profit of CN¥674.8m. We note, however, that KWG Living Group Holdings grew its free cash flow over the last year.

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 KWG Living Group Holdings' Profit Performance

As we discussed above, we think KWG Living Group Holdings' earnings were not supported by free cash flow, which might concern some investors. For this reason, we think that KWG Living Group Holdings' statutory profits may be a bad guide to its underlying earnings power, and might give investors an overly positive impression of the company. The good news is that, its earnings per share increased by 76% in the last year. 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. If you'd like to know more about KWG Living Group Holdings as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. For instance, we've identified 3 warning signs for KWG Living Group Holdings (1 doesn't sit too well with us) you should be familiar with.

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of KWG Living Group Holdings' profit. But there are plenty of other ways to inform your opinion of a company. For example, many people consider a high return on equity as an indication of favorable business economics, while others like to 'follow the money' and search out stocks that insiders are buying. 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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