Baker Hughes' (NASDAQ:BKR) Earnings Are Weaker Than They Seem

BAKER HUGHES COMPANY +1.33%

BAKER HUGHES COMPANY

BKR

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Despite posting some strong earnings, the market for Baker Hughes Company's (NASDAQ:BKR) stock hasn't moved much. Our analysis suggests that shareholders have noticed something concerning in the numbers.

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NasdaqGS:BKR Earnings and Revenue History January 30th 2024

How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?

To properly understand Baker Hughes' profit results, we need to consider the US$232m gain attributed to unusual items. While it's always nice to have higher profit, a large contribution from unusual items sometimes dampens our enthusiasm. 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. Assuming those unusual items don't show up again in the current year, we'd thus expect profit to be weaker next year (in the absence of business growth, that is).

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 Baker Hughes' Profit Performance

Arguably, Baker Hughes' statutory earnings have been distorted by unusual items boosting profit. Therefore, it seems possible to us that Baker Hughes' true underlying earnings power is actually less than its statutory profit. On the bright side, the company showed enough improvement to book a profit this year, after losing money last year. 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. If you'd like to know more about Baker Hughes as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of Baker Hughes.

This note has only looked at a single factor that sheds light on the nature of Baker Hughes' profit. But there is always more to discover if you are capable of focussing your mind on minutiae. For example, many people consider a high return on equity as an indication of favorable business economics, while others like to 'follow the money' and search out stocks that insiders are buying. 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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