Human resourcing specialist Adcorp’s recently released results for the year ended February 2023 were, on the face of it, relatively good. Headline earnings from continued operations were up 48% to 147.8c per share on the back of 6.5% growth in revenue to R12bn. 

Admittedly, the quality of the group’s profit is affected by a very low tax rate (-1.9%). This abnormally low tax rate was largely affected by a nonrecurring deferred taxation liability reversal and the group taxation principles applied in its Australian business. Current year income taxation losses in the allaboutXpert business — an Australian subsidiary of the group, which, after considerable contract losses, was placed in voluntary administration late last year — are deductible for tax purposes in the consolidated Australian group...

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