Soft earnings didn’t appear to concern Singapore Telecommunications Limited’s (SGX:Z74) shareholders over the last week. We think that the softer headline numbers might be getting counterbalanced by some positive underlying factors.
The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
To properly understand Singapore Telecommunications’ profit results, we need to consider the S$610m expense attributed to unusual items. While deductions due to unusual items are disappointing in the first instance, there is a silver lining. When we analysed the vast majority of listed companies worldwide, we found that significant unusual items are often not repeated. And, after all, that’s exactly what the accounting terminology implies. In the twelve months to March 2021, Singapore Telecommunications had a big unusual items expense. All else being equal, this would likely have the effect of making the statutory profit look worse than its underlying earnings power.
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 Singapore Telecommunications’ Profit Performance
As we mentioned previously, the Singapore Telecommunications’ profit was hampered by unusual items in the last year. Based on this observation, we consider it possible that Singapore Telecommunications’ statutory profit actually understates its earnings potential! On the other hand, its EPS actually shrunk in the last twelve months. 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. If you want to do dive deeper into Singapore Telecommunications, you’d also look into what risks it is currently facing. At Simply Wall St, we found 4 warning signs for Singapore Telecommunications and we think they deserve your attention.
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