Do Interparfums’s (EPA:ITP) Earnings Warrant Your Attention?

Like a puppy chasing its tail, some new investors often chase ‘the next big thing’, even if that means buying ‘story stocks’ without revenue, let alone profit. And in their study titled Who Falls Prey to the Wolf of Wall Street?’ Leuz et. al. found that it is ‘quite common’ for investors to lose money by buying into ‘pump and dump’ schemes.

So if you’re like me, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like Interparfums (EPA:ITP). While that doesn’t make the shares worth buying at any price, you can’t deny that successful capitalism requires profit, eventually. Loss-making companies are always racing against time to reach financial sustainability, but time is often a friend of the profitable company, especially if it is growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Interparfums

Interparfums’s Earnings Per Share Are Growing.

If a company can keep growing earnings per share (EPS) long enough, its share price will eventually follow. That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. Impressively, Interparfums has grown EPS by 19% per year, compound, in the last three years. If the company can sustain that sort of growth, we’d expect shareholders to come away winners.

One way to double-check a company’s growth is to look at how its revenue, and earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) margins are changing. Interparfums maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 10% to €475m. That’s a real positive.

You can take a look at the company’s revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.

ENXTPA:ITP Income Statement, March 17th 2020
ENXTPA:ITP Income Statement, March 17th 2020

Fortunately, we’ve got access to analyst forecasts of Interparfums’s future profits. You can do your own forecasts without looking, or you can take a peek at what the professionals are predicting.

Are Interparfums Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

I always like to check up on CEO compensation, because I think that reasonable pay levels, around or below the median, can be a sign that shareholder interests are well considered. For companies with market capitalizations between €903m and €2.9b, like Interparfums, the median CEO pay is around €1.2m.

Interparfums offered total compensation worth €1.0m to its CEO in the year to . That seems pretty reasonable, especially given its below the median for similar sized companies. While the level of CEO compensation isn’t a huge factor in my view of the company, modest remuneration is a positive, because it suggests that the board keeps shareholder interests in mind. It can also be a sign of good governance, more generally.

Does Interparfums Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

You can’t deny that Interparfums has grown its earnings per share at a very impressive rate. That’s attractive. The fast growth bodes well while the very reasonable CEO pay assists builds some confidence in the board. So I’d argue this is the kind of stock worth watching, even if it isn’t great value today. It is worth noting though that we have found 1 warning sign for Interparfums that you need to take into consideration.

Of course, you can do well (sometimes) buying stocks that are not growing earnings and do not have insiders buying shares. But as a growth investor I always like to check out companies that do have those features. You can access a free list of them here.

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