The market for Corning Incorporated’s (NYSE:GLW) shares didn’t move much after it posted weak earnings recently. We think that the softer headline numbers might be getting counterbalanced by some positive underlying factors.
How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?
Importantly, our data indicates that Corning’s profit was reduced by US$419m, due to unusual items, over the last year. 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. If Corning doesn’t see those unusual expenses repeat, then all else being equal we’d expect its profit to increase over the coming year.
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 Corning’s Profit Performance
Because unusual items detracted from Corning’s earnings over the last year, you could argue that we can expect an improved result in the current quarter. Because of this, we think Corning’s earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! And on top of that, its earnings per share have grown at 26% per year over the last three years. The goal of this article has been to assess how well we can rely on the statutory earnings to reflect the company’s potential, but there is plenty more to consider. With this in mind, we wouldn’t consider investing in a stock unless we had a thorough understanding of the risks. Every company has risks, and we’ve spotted 4 warning signs for Corning (of which 1 shouldn’t be ignored!) you should know about.
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