Do Road King Infrastructure’s (HKG:1098) Earnings Warrant Your Attention?

It’s only natural that many investors, especially those who are new to the game, prefer to buy shares in ‘sexy’ stocks with a good story, even if those businesses lose money. But the reality is that when a company loses money each year, for long enough, its investors will usually take their share of those losses.

If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Road King Infrastructure (HKG:1098). Even if the shares are fully valued today, most capitalists would recognize its profits as the demonstration of steady value generation. 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.

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How Fast Is Road King Infrastructure Growing?

The market is a voting machine in the short term, but a weighing machine in the long term, so share price follows earnings per share (EPS) eventually. It’s no surprise, then, that I like to invest in companies with EPS growth. I, for one, am blown away by the fact that Road King Infrastructure has grown EPS by 55% per year, over the last three years. Growth that fast may well be fleeting, but like a lotus blooming from a murky pond, it sparks joy for the wary stock pickers.

I like to see top-line growth as an indication that growth is sustainable, and I look for a high earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) margin to point to a competitive moat (though some companies with low margins also have moats). Road King Infrastructure maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 36% to HK$23b. That’s progress.

The chart below shows how the company’s bottom and top lines have progressed over time. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.

SEHK:1098 Income Statement, February 7th 2020
SEHK:1098 Income Statement, February 7th 2020

While profitability drives the upside, prudent investors always check the balance sheet, too.

Are Road King Infrastructure Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

I like company leaders to have some skin in the game, so to speak, because it increases alignment of incentives between the people running the business, and its true owners. As a result, I’m encouraged by the fact that insiders own Road King Infrastructure shares worth a considerable sum. To be specific, they have HK$341m worth of shares. That’s a lot of money, and no small incentive to work hard. Even though that’s only about 3.3% of the company, it’s enough money to indicate alignment between the leaders of the business and ordinary shareholders.

Does Road King Infrastructure Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

Road King Infrastructure’s earnings have taken off like any random crypto-currency did, back in 2017. That sort of growth is nothing short of eye-catching, and the large investment held by insiders certainly brightens my view of the company. The hope is, of course, that the strong growth marks a fundamental improvement in the business economics. So to my mind Road King Infrastructure is worth putting on your watchlist; after all, shareholders do well when the market underestimates fast growing companies. Of course, identifying quality businesses is only half the battle; investors need to know whether the stock is undervalued. So you might want to consider this free discounted cashflow valuation of Road King Infrastructure.

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