Many investors consider it preferable to invest in profitable companies over unprofitable ones, because profitability suggests a business is sustainable. However, sometimes companies receive a one-off boost (or reduction) to their profit, and it’s not always clear whether statutory profits are a good guide, going forward. Today we’ll focus on whether this year’s statutory profits are a good guide to understanding Corus Entertainment (TSE:CJR.B).
It’s good to see that over the last twelve months Corus Entertainment made a profit of CA$173.8m on revenue of CA$1.69b.
Importantly, statutory profits are not always the best tool for understanding a company’s true earnings power, so it’s well worth examining profits in a little more detail. This article will discuss how unusual items have impacted Corus Entertainment’s most recent profit results. 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.
How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?
For anyone who wants to understand Corus Entertainment’s profit beyond the statutory numbers, it’s important to note that during the last twelve months statutory profit was reduced by CA$124m due to unusual items. It’s never great to see unusual items costing the company profits, but on the upside, things might improve sooner rather than later. 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. If Corus Entertainment doesn’t see those unusual expenses repeat, then all else being equal we’d expect its profit to increase over the coming year.
Our Take On Corus Entertainment’s Profit Performance
Unusual items (expenses) detracted from Corus Entertainment’s earnings over the last year, but we might see an improvement next year. Because of this, we think Corus Entertainment’s earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! And it’s also positive that the company showed enough improvement to book a profit this year, after losing money last year. 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. Obviously, we love to consider the historical data to inform our opinion of a company. But it can be really valuable to consider what other analysts are forecasting. Luckily, you can check out what analysts are forecsting by clicking here.
Today we’ve zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Corus Entertainment’s profit. 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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