It might be old fashioned, but we really like to invest in companies that make a profit, each and every year. That said, the current statutory profit is not always a good guide to a company’s underlying profitability. Today we’ll focus on whether this year’s statutory profits are a good guide to understanding Argosy Research (GTSM:3217).
While Argosy Research was able to generate revenue of NT$2.44b in the last twelve months, we think its profit result of NT$569.9m was more important. Happily, it has grown both its profit and revenue over the last three years, as you can see in the chart below.
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. In this article we’ll look at how Argosy Research is impacting shareholders by issuing new shares. 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.
In order to understand the potential for per share returns, it is essential to consider how much a company is diluting shareholders. In fact, Argosy Research increased the number of shares on issue by 9.7% over the last twelve months by issuing new shares. As a result, its net income is now split between a greater number of shares. To talk about net income, without noticing earnings per share, is to be distracted by the big numbers while ignoring the smaller numbers that talk to per share value. You can see a chart of Argosy Research’s EPS by clicking here.
A Look At The Impact Of Argosy Research’s Dilution on Its Earnings Per Share (EPS).
As you can see above, Argosy Research has been growing its net income over the last few years, with an annualized gain of 157% over three years. And at a glance the 79% gain in profit over the last year impresses. On the other hand, earnings per share are only up 79% in that time. So you can see that the dilution has had a bit of an impact on shareholders. Therefore, the dilution is having a noteworthy influence on shareholder returns. And so, you can see quite clearly that dilution is influencing shareholder earnings.
In the long term, earnings per share growth should beget share price growth. So Argosy Research shareholders will want to see that EPS figure continue to increase. However, if its profit increases while its earnings per share stay flat (or even fall) then shareholders might not see much benefit. For the ordinary retail shareholder, EPS is a great measure to check your hypothetical “share” of the company’s profit.
Our Take On Argosy Research’s Profit Performance
Each Argosy Research share now gets a meaningfully smaller slice of its overall profit, due to dilution of existing shareholders. Because of this, we think that it may be that Argosy Research’s statutory profits are better than its underlying earnings power. But the good news is that its EPS growth over the last three years has been very impressive. The goal of this article has been to assess how well we can rely on the statutory earnings to reflect the company’s potential, but there is plenty more to consider. Keep in mind, when it comes to analysing a stock it’s worth noting the risks involved. While conducting our analysis, we found that Argosy Research has 2 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 Argosy Research’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. So you may wish to see this free collection of companies boasting high return on equity, or this list of stocks that insiders are buying.
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