Anhui Conch Cement's (HKG:914) Sluggish Earnings Might Be Just The Beginning Of Its Problems

Simply Wall St ·  Mar 26 20:05

The subdued market reaction suggests that Anhui Conch Cement Company Limited's (HKG:914) recent earnings didn't contain any surprises. However, we believe that investors should be aware of some underlying factors which may be of concern.

SEHK:914 Earnings and Revenue History March 27th 2024

The Power Of Non-Operating Revenue

At most companies, some revenue streams, such as government grants, are accounted for as non-operating revenue, while the core business is said to produce operating revenue. Oftentimes, non-operating revenue spikes are not repeated, so it makes sense to be cautious where non-operating revenue has made a very large contribution to total profit. Importantly, the non-operating revenue often comes without associated ongoing costs, so it can boost profit by letting it fall straight to the bottom line, making the operating business seem better than it really is. It's worth noting that Anhui Conch Cement saw a big increase in non-operating revenue over the last year. Indeed, its non-operating revenue rose from CN¥28.3b last year to CN¥54.6b this year. The high levels of non-operating revenue are problematic because if (and when) they do not repeat, then overall revenue (and profitability) of the firm will fall. Sometimes, you can get a better idea of the underlying earnings potential of a company by excluding unusual boosts to non-operating revenue.

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 Anhui Conch Cement's Profit Performance

Because Anhui Conch Cement's non-operating revenue spiked quite noticeably last year, you could argue that a focus on statutory profit would be too generous because profits may drop back in the future (when that non-operating revenue is not repeated). For this reason, we think that Anhui Conch Cement's statutory profits may be a bad guide to its underlying earnings power, and might give investors an overly positive impression of the company. In further bad news, its earnings per share decreased 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. In light of this, if you'd like to do more analysis on the company, it's vital to be informed of the risks involved. You'd be interested to know, that we found 2 warning signs for Anhui Conch Cement and you'll want to know about them.

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Anhui Conch Cement'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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