Investors were disappointed by Yamama Saudi Cement Company’s (TADAWUL:3020 ) latest earnings release. Our analysis has found some reasons to be concerned, beyond the weak headline numbers.
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The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
For anyone who wants to understand Yamama Saudi Cement’s profit beyond the statutory numbers, it’s important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit gained from ر.س19m worth of unusual items. While we like to see profit increases, we tend to be a little more cautious when unusual items have made a big contribution. 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’. Assuming those unusual items don’t show up again in the current year, we’d thus expect profit to be weaker next year (in the absence of business growth, that is).
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 Yamama Saudi Cement’s Profit Performance
Arguably, Yamama Saudi Cement’s statutory earnings have been distorted by unusual items boosting profit. Therefore, it seems possible to us that Yamama Saudi Cement’s true underlying earnings power is actually less than its statutory profit. But on the bright side, its earnings per share have grown at an extremely impressive rate over the last three years. 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. Case in point: We’ve spotted 1 warning sign for Yamama Saudi Cement you should be aware of.
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