Broadly speaking, profitable businesses are less risky than unprofitable ones. Having said that, sometimes statutory profit levels are not a good guide to ongoing profitability, because some short term one-off factor has impacted profit levels. Today we’ll focus on whether this year’s statutory profits are a good guide to understanding Goldiam International (NSE:GOLDIAM).
We like the fact that Goldiam International made a profit of ₹400.0m on its revenue of ₹2.96b, in the last year. The chart below shows how profit has actually increased over the last three years, even while revenue has declined.
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Of course, when it comes to statutory profit, the devil is often in the detail, and we can get a better sense for a company by diving deeper into the financial statements. As a result, we think it’s well worth considering what Goldiam International’s cashflow (when compared to its earnings) can tell us about the nature of its statutory profit. Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Goldiam International.
Examining Cashflow Against Goldiam International’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. To get the accrual ratio we first subtract FCF from profit for a period, and then divide that number by the average operating assets for the period. This ratio tells us how much of a company’s profit is not backed by free cashflow.
Therefore, it’s actually considered a good thing when a company has a negative accrual ratio, but a bad thing if its accrual ratio is positive. 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. Notably, there is some academic evidence that suggests that a high accrual ratio is a bad sign for near-term profits, generally speaking.
Goldiam International has an accrual ratio of -0.13 for the year to September 2020. That indicates that its free cash flow was a fair bit more than its statutory profit. To wit, it produced free cash flow of ₹718m during the period, dwarfing its reported profit of ₹400.0m. Goldiam International’s free cash flow improved over the last year, which is generally good to see.
Our Take On Goldiam International’s Profit Performance
Goldiam International’s accrual ratio is solid, and indicates strong free cash flow, as we discussed, above. Because of this, we think Goldiam International’s earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! Better yet, its EPS are growing strongly, which is nice to see. Of course, we’ve only just scratched the surface when it comes to analysing its earnings; one could also consider margins, forecast growth, and return on investment, among other factors. Keep in mind, when it comes to analysing a stock it’s worth noting the risks involved. While conducting our analysis, we found that Goldiam International has 3 warning signs and it would be unwise to ignore them.
Today we’ve zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Goldiam International’s 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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