Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE:NLSN) just reported healthy earnings but the stock price didn’t move much. Our analysis suggests that investors might be missing some promising details.
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The Impact Of Unusual Items On Profit
Importantly, our data indicates that Nielsen Holdings’ profit was reduced by US$329m, due to unusual items, over the last year. It’s never great to see unusual items costing the company profits, but on the upside, things might improve sooner rather than later. 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 Nielsen Holdings 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 Nielsen Holdings’ Profit Performance
Unusual items (expenses) detracted from Nielsen Holdings’ earnings over the last year, but we might see an improvement next year. Because of this, we think Nielsen Holdings’ earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! And it’s also positive that the company showed enough improvement to book a profit this year, after losing money last year. At the end of the day, it’s essential to consider more than just the factors above, if you want to understand the company properly. So if you’d like to dive deeper into this stock, it’s crucial to consider any risks it’s facing. For instance, we’ve identified 2 warning signs for Nielsen Holdings (1 is significant) you should be familiar with.
Today we’ve zoomed in on a single data point to better understand the nature of Nielsen Holdings’ profit. But there are plenty of other ways to inform your opinion of a company. 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.
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