ADLER Real Estate’s (ETR: ADL) Earnings Quality Is Low

ADLER Real Estate AG (ETR: ADL) recently posted soft earnings but shareholders did not react strongly. We did some analysis and found some concerning details beneath the statutory profit number.

See our latest analysis for ADLER Real Estate

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XTRA: ADL Earnings and Revenue History May 8th 2022

The Power Of Non-Operating Revenue

Most companies divide classify their revenue as either ‘operating revenue’, which comes from normal operations, and other revenue, which could include government grants, for example. Where possible, we prefer to rely on operating revenue to get a better understanding of how the business is functioning. Importantly, the non-operating revenue often comes without associated ongoing costs, so it can boost profit by letting it fall straight to the bottom line, making the operating business seem better than it really is. Notably, ADLER Real Estate had a significant increase in non-operating revenue over the last year. In fact, our data indicates that non-operating revenue increased from € 830.6m to € 1.43b. The high levels of non-operating revenue are problematic because if (and when) they do not repeat, then overall revenue (and profitability) of the firm will fall. Sometimes, you can get a better idea of ​​the underlying earnings potential of a company by excluding unusual boosts to non-operating revenue.

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.

How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?

As well as that spike in non-operating revenue, we should also consider the € 257m boost to profit coming from unusual items, over the last year. While it’s always nice to have higher profit, a large contribution from unusual items sometimes dampens our enthusiasm. We ran the numbers on most publicly listed companies worldwide, and it’s very common for unusual items to be once-off in nature. And, after all, that’s exactly what the accounting terminology implies. ADLER Real Estate had a rather significant contribution from unusual items relative to its profit to December 2021. As a result, we can surmise that the unusual items are making its statutory profit significantly stronger than it would otherwise be.

Our Take On ADLER Real Estate’s Profit Performance

In the last year ADLER Real Estate’s non-operating revenue really gave it a boost, but not in a way that is necessarily going to be sustained. Furthermore, unusual items also made a nice positive contribution to its profit, which may well drop next year (all else being equal) if these phenomena are not repeated. For all the reasons mentioned above, we think that, at a glance, ADLER Real Estate’s statutory profits could be considered to be low quality, because they are likely to give investors an overly positive impression of the company. So if you’d like to dive deeper into this stock, it’s crucial to consider any risks it’s facing. Every company has risks, and we’ve spotted 4 warning signs for ADLER Real Estate (of which 1 is potentially serious!) you should know about.

Our examination of ADLER Real Estate has focused on certain factors that can make its earnings look better than they are. And, on that basis, we are somewhat skeptical. But there is always more to discover if you are capable of focusing your mind on minutiae. Some people consider a high return on equity to be a good sign of a quality business. 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.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take into account your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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