Esprit Holdings (HKG: 330) Strong earnings may mask some underlying issues
Esprit Holdings Limited (HKG: 330) The good earnings figures did not surprise investors. We believe shareholders have noticed some factors of concern beyond the statutory profit figures.
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Review of cash flow versus earnings of Esprit Holdings
A key financial ratio used to measure how well a business converts earnings into free cash flow (FCF) is the accumulation rate. To get the accrual ratio, we first subtract FCF from earnings for a period and then divide that number by the average operating assets for the period. The ratio shows us by how much a company’s profit exceeds its FCF.
Therefore, a negative accumulation ratio is positive for the company and a positive accumulation ratio is negative. While it is not a problem to have a positive accumulation ratio, indicating a certain level of non-cash profits, a high accumulation ratio is arguably a bad thing, as it indicates that paper profits do not match. to cash flow. Notably, some academic evidence suggests that a high accrual ratio is a bad sign for short-term profits, in general.
For the fiscal year ended June 2021, Esprit Holdings had a accrual ratio of 1.72. Statistically speaking, this is really negative for future income. And indeed, during the period, the company produced no free cash flow. Over the past year he had in fact negative Free cash flow of HK $ 377 million, in contrast to the aforementioned profit of HK $ 2.04 billion. We saw that the FCF was HK $ 247 million a year ago, so Esprit Holdings has at least been able to generate a positive FCF in the past. That said, there is more to consider. We can examine the impact of unusual items in the income statement on its accrual ratio, as well as the negative impact of dilution on shareholders. The good news for shareholders is that Esprit Holdings’ accumulation ratio was much better last year, so this year’s misreading could simply be a case of a short-term mismatch between earnings and FCF. Shareholders should seek an improvement in cash flow relative to current year earnings, if this is indeed the case.
To note: we always recommend that investors check the strength of the balance sheet. Click here to access our analysis of Esprit Holdings’ balance sheet.
To understand the value of growing a company’s earnings, it is imperative to consider any dilution of shareholder interests. In fact, Esprit Holdings has increased the number of issued shares by 50% over the past twelve months by issuing new shares. This means that its profits are distributed among a greater number of stocks. Talking about bottom line without noticing earnings per share is getting distracted by the big numbers while ignoring the smaller numbers that speak to you. per share value. You can see a graph of Esprit Holdings’ EPS by clicking here.
What is the impact of dilution on the earnings per share of Esprit Holdings? (EPS)
Three years ago, Esprit Holdings lost money. Zooming in on last year, we still can’t talk about growth rate consistently, since it made a loss last year. What we do know is that while it’s good to see a profit in the past twelve months, that profit would have been better, per share, if the company hadn’t needed to issue stock. And so, you can see quite clearly that dilution has a pretty big impact on shareholders.
In the long term, if the profits of Esprit Holdings per share may rise, so should the share price. However, if its earnings increase while its earnings per share remain stable (or even decline), shareholders might not get much benefit. For the ordinary retail shareholder, EPS is an excellent metric for checking your hypothetical “share” of the company’s earnings.
How do unusual items influence profit?
Esprit Holdings’ profit suffered from unusual items, which reduced profit by HK $ 1.6 billion in the past twelve months. If this was a non-cash charge, it would have improved the accrual ratio, if the cash flow had remained strong. While the deductions due to unusual items are disappointing at first, there is a silver lining. We have looked at thousands of listed companies and found that unusual items are very often unique in nature. And, after all, that’s exactly what accounting terminology implies. In the twelve months leading up to June 2021, Esprit Holdings had a large expense for unusual items. All other things being equal, this would likely have the effect of making the statutory profit appear worse than its underlying profit power.
Our perspective on the earnings performance of Esprit Holdings
In summary, the unusual evidence from Esprit Holdings suggests that its statutory earnings have been temporarily depressed and its accrual ratio indicates a lack of free cash flow relative to earnings. On top of that, dilution means shareholders now own less of the company. Taking all this into account, we would say that Esprit Holdings’ earnings probably give an overly generous impression of its sustainable level of profitability. If you want to dive deeper into Esprit Holdings, you will also take a look at the risks it currently faces. During our analysis, we found that Esprit Holdings has 2 warning signs and it would be unwise to ignore them.
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