Do Fonciere Atland’s (EPA:FATL) Earnings Warrant Your Attention?

Some have more dollars than sense, they say, so even companies that have no revenue, no profit, and a record of falling short, can easily find investors. But as Warren Buffett has mused, ‘If you’ve been playing poker for half an hour and you still don’t know who the patsy is, you’re the patsy.’ When they buy such story stocks, investors are all too often the patsy.

If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Fonciere Atland (EPA:FATL). While that doesn’t make the shares worth buying at any price, you can’t deny that successful capitalism requires profit, eventually. While a well funded company may sustain losses for years, unless its owners have an endless appetite for subsidizing the customer, it will need to generate a profit eventually, or else breathe its last breath.

See our latest analysis for Fonciere Atland

How Quickly Is Fonciere Atland Increasing Earnings Per Share?

As one of my mentors once told me, share price follows earnings per share (EPS). It’s no surprise, then, that I like to invest in companies with EPS growth. Impressively, Fonciere Atland has grown EPS by 35% per year, compound, in the last three years. As a general rule, we’d say that if a company can keep up that sort of growth, shareholders will be smiling.

I like to take a look at earnings before interest and (EBIT) tax margins, as well as revenue growth, to get another take on the quality of the company’s growth. I note that Fonciere Atland’s revenue from operations was lower than its revenue in the last twelve months, so that could distort my analysis of its margins. On the one hand, Fonciere Atland’s EBIT margins fell over the last year, but on the other hand, revenue grew. So it seems the future my hold further growth, especially if EBIT margins can stabilize.

The chart below shows how the company’s bottom and top lines have progressed over time. For finer detail, click on the image.

ENXTPA:FATL Income Statement June 22nd 2020
ENXTPA:FATL Income Statement June 22nd 2020

Fonciere Atland isn’t a huge company, given its market capitalization of €137m. That makes it extra important to check on its balance sheet strength.

Are Fonciere Atland Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

As a general rule, I think it worth considering how much the CEO is paid, since unreasonably high rates could be considered against the interests of shareholders. For companies with market capitalizations between €89m and €357m, like Fonciere Atland, the median CEO pay is around €390k.

The Fonciere Atland CEO received €330k in compensation for the year ending . That seems pretty reasonable, especially given its below the median for similar sized companies. CEO compensation is hardly the most important aspect of a company to consider, but when its reasonable that does give me a little more confidence that leadership are looking out for shareholder interests. It can also be a sign of good governance, more generally.

Should You Add Fonciere Atland To Your Watchlist?

For growth investors like me, Fonciere Atland’s raw rate of earnings growth is a beacon in the night. With swiftly growing earnings, it probably has its best days ahead, and the modest CEO pay suggests the company is careful with cash. So I’d venture it may well deserve a spot on your watchlist, or even a little further research. Even so, be aware that Fonciere Atland is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 2 of those shouldn’t be ignored…

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