Taiwan Advanced Nanotech’s (GTSM:6797) Solid Profits Have Weak Fundamentals – Simply Wall St

Posted: April 11, 2021 at 5:59 am

Unsurprisingly, Taiwan Advanced Nanotech Inc.'s (GTSM:6797) stock price was strong on the back of its healthy earnings report. However, we think that shareholders may be missing some concerning details in the numbers.

Check out our latest analysis for Taiwan Advanced Nanotech

One key financial ratio used to measure how well a company converts its profit to free cash flow (FCF) is the accrual ratio. In plain english, this ratio subtracts FCF from net profit, and divides that number by the company's average operating assets over that period. The ratio shows us how much a company's profit exceeds its FCF.

As a result, a negative accrual ratio is a positive for the company, and a positive accrual ratio is a negative. While having an accrual ratio above zero is of little concern, we do think it's worth noting when a company has a relatively high accrual ratio. Notably, there is some academic evidence that suggests that a high accrual ratio is a bad sign for near-term profits, generally speaking.

Taiwan Advanced Nanotech has an accrual ratio of 0.30 for the year to December 2020. Unfortunately, that means its free cash flow was a lot less than its statutory profit, which makes us doubt the utility of profit as a guide. Indeed, in the last twelve months it reported free cash flow of NT$576m, which is significantly less than its profit of NT$618.2m. Given that Taiwan Advanced Nanotech had negative free cash flow in the prior corresponding period, the trailing twelve month resul of NT$576m would seem to be a step in the right direction.

Note: we always recommend investors check balance sheet strength. Click here to be taken to our balance sheet analysis of Taiwan Advanced Nanotech.

Taiwan Advanced Nanotech's accrual ratio for the last twelve months signifies cash conversion is less than ideal, which is a negative when it comes to our view of its earnings. Therefore, it seems possible to us that Taiwan Advanced Nanotech's true underlying earnings power is actually less than its statutory profit. The good news is that it earned a profit in the last twelve months, despite its previous loss. 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. 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. Our analysis shows 2 warning signs for Taiwan Advanced Nanotech (1 shouldn't be ignored!) and we strongly recommend you look at these before investing.

Today we've zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Taiwan Advanced Nanotech's profit. But there is always more to discover if you are capable of focussing your mind on minutiae. Some people consider a high return on equity to be a good sign of a quality business. 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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