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Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd's (SZSE:300882) Problems Go Beyond Weak Profit

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Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent Technology Co.,Ltd.'s (SZSE:300882) recent weak earnings report didn't cause a big stock movement. However, we believe that investors should be aware of some underlying factors which may be of concern.

See our latest analysis for Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd

SZSE:300882 Earnings and Revenue History April 18th 2022

A Closer Look At Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd's Earnings

Many investors haven't heard of the accrual ratio from cashflow, but it is actually a useful measure of how well a company's profit is backed up by free cash flow (FCF) during a given period. The accrual ratio subtracts the FCF from the profit for a given period, and divides the result by the average operating assets of the company over that time. You could think of the accrual ratio from cashflow as the 'non-FCF profit ratio'.

As a result, a negative accrual ratio is a positive for the company, and a positive accrual ratio is a negative. While it's not a problem to have a positive accrual ratio, indicating a certain level of non-cash profits, a high accrual ratio is arguably a bad thing, because it indicates paper profits are not matched by cash flow. That's because some academic studies have suggested that high accruals ratios tend to lead to lower profit or less profit growth.

For the year to December 2021, Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd had an accrual ratio of 0.20. We can therefore deduce that its free cash flow fell well short of covering its statutory profit. In fact, it had free cash flow of CN¥5.5m in the last year, which was a lot less than its statutory profit of CN¥65.2m. Notably, Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd had negative free cash flow last year, so the CN¥5.5m it produced this year was a welcome improvement. However, that's not all there is to consider. We can see that unusual items have impacted its statutory profit, and therefore the accrual ratio.

Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd.

How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?

As it happens, there are a few different things to consider when we look at Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd's profit and the last one we'll mention is CN¥4.2m gain booked as unusual items. We can't deny that higher profits generally leave us optimistic, but we'd prefer it if the profit were to be sustainable. When we analysed the vast majority of listed companies worldwide, we found that significant unusual items are often not repeated. And that's as you'd expect, given these boosts are described as 'unusual'. If Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd doesn't see that contribution repeat, then all else being equal we'd expect its profit to drop over the current year.

Our Take On Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd's Profit Performance

Summing up, Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd received a nice boost to profit from unusual items, but could not match its paper profit with free cash flow. For the reasons mentioned above, we think that a perfunctory glance at Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd's statutory profits might make it look better than it really is on an underlying level. 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. When we did our research, we found 2 warning signs for Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd (1 can't be ignored!) that we believe deserve your full attention.

Our examination of Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd has focussed on certain factors that can make its earnings look better than they are. And, on that basis, we are somewhat skeptical. 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. 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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