We think Solution Dynamics (NZSE:SDL) earnings are just a baseline for what they can achieve
The muted stock price reaction suggests that Solution Dynamics Limited (NZSE:SDL) Strong earnings offered no surprises. Our analysis suggests investors may be missing out on some promising details.
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Solution Dynamics Cash Flow vs. Profit Review
Many investors have not heard of the cash flow equalization ratio, but it’s actually a useful measure of how well a company’s earnings are supported by free cash flow (FCF) over a given period. To get the strike ratio, we first subtract FCF from earnings for a period and then divide that number by the average operating assets for the period. You can think of the cash flow equalization ratio as the “non-FCF profit ratio”.
Therefore, a negative accrual ratio is positive for the company and a positive accrual ratio is negative. That’s not to say we should worry about a positive accumulation ratio, but it’s worth noting where the accumulation ratio is rather high. Notably, there is academic evidence that suggests a high exercise ratio is a bad sign for short-term profits, generally speaking.
Over the twelve months to June 2022, Solution Dynamics recorded an accrual ratio of -0.46. This indicates that its free cash flow has greatly exceeded its statutory profit. Namely, it produced free cash flow of NZ$2.8 million during the period, eclipsing its reported profit of NZ$2.56 million. Solution Dynamics shareholders are no doubt pleased with the improvement in free cash flow over the past twelve months.
To note: we always recommend that investors check the strength of the balance sheet. Click here to access our analysis of the Solution Dynamics balance sheet.
Our view of Solution Dynamics benefit performance
Fortunately for shareholders, Solution Dynamics produced plenty of free cash flow to support its statutory profit numbers. Based on this observation, we consider it possible that Solution Dynamics’ statutory profit actually underestimates its earning potential! Even better, his EPS are progressing strongly, which is a pleasure to see. The aim of this article has been to assess how much we can rely on statutory income to reflect business potential, but there is much more to consider. With this in mind, we would not consider investing in a stock unless we have a thorough understanding of the risks. For example, we found 2 warning signs which you should browse to get a better picture of Solution Dynamics.
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