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Some Investors May Be Willing To Look Past Wai Kee Holdings' (HKG:610) Soft Earnings

Simply Wall St ·  09/23/2022 06:30

The market for Wai Kee Holdings Limited's (HKG:610) shares didn't move much after it posted weak earnings recently. Our analysis suggests that while the profits are soft, the foundations of the business are strong.

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earnings-and-revenue-historySEHK:610 Earnings and Revenue History September 22nd 2022

The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit

For anyone who wants to understand Wai Kee Holdings' profit beyond the statutory numbers, it's important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit was reduced by HK$200m due to unusual items. While deductions due to unusual items are disappointing in the first instance, there is a silver lining. We looked at thousands of listed companies and found that unusual items are very often one-off in nature. And, after all, that's exactly what the accounting terminology implies. Wai Kee Holdings took a rather significant hit from unusual items in the year to June 2022. All else being equal, this would likely have the effect of making the statutory profit look worse than its underlying earnings power.

Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Wai Kee Holdings.

Our Take On Wai Kee Holdings' Profit Performance

As we mentioned previously, the Wai Kee Holdings' profit was hampered by unusual items in the last year. Because of this, we think Wai Kee Holdings' underlying earnings potential is as good as, or possibly even better, than the statutory profit makes it seem! On the other hand, its EPS actually shrunk in the last twelve months. 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 if you'd like to dive deeper into this stock, it's crucial to consider any risks it's facing. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for Wai Kee Holdings you should be mindful of and 1 of these is a bit concerning.

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Wai Kee Holdings' profit. But there is always more to discover if you are capable of focussing your mind on minutiae. 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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