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E & M Computing’s (TLV:EMCO) Strong Earnings Are Of Good Quality

E & M Computing Ltd. (TLV:EMCO) just reported healthy earnings but the stock price didn’t move much. We think that investors have missed some encouraging factors underlying the profit figures.

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TASE:EMCO Earnings and Revenue History April 3rd 2024

Zooming In On E & M Computing’s Earnings

In high finance, the key ratio used to measure how well a company converts reported profits into free cash flow (FCF) is the accrual ratio (from cashflow). In plain english, this ratio subtracts FCF from net profit, and divides that number by the company’s average operating assets over that period. You could think of the accrual ratio from cashflow as the ‘non-FCF profit ratio’.

That means a negative accrual ratio is a good thing, because it shows that the company is bringing in more free cash flow than its profit would suggest. That is not intended to imply we should worry about a positive accrual ratio, but it’s worth noting where the accrual ratio is rather high. To quote a 2014 paper by Lewellen and Resutek, “firms with higher accruals tend to be less profitable in the future”.

Over the twelve months to December 2023, E & M Computing recorded an accrual ratio of -0.18. That implies it has very good cash conversion, and that its earnings in the last year actually significantly understate its free cash flow. To wit, it produced free cash flow of ₪80m during the period, dwarfing its reported profit of ₪22.3m. Notably, E & M Computing had negative free cash flow last year, so the ₪80m it produced this year was a welcome improvement.

Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of E & M Computing.

Our Take On E & M Computing’s Profit Performance

As we discussed above, E & M Computing’s accrual ratio indicates strong conversion of profit to free cash flow, which is a positive for the company. Because of this, we think E & M Computing’s underlying earnings potential is as good as, or possibly even better, than the statutory profit makes it seem! And on top of that, its earnings per share have grown at 19% per year 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. To help with this, we’ve discovered 3 warning signs (2 are concerning!) that you ought to be aware of before buying any shares in E & M Computing.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of E & M Computing’s profit. But there are plenty of other ways to inform your opinion of a company. 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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