Here’s Why I Think Maha Energy (STO:MAHA A) Might Deserve Your Attention Today

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. Unfortunately, high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson.

If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Maha Energy (STO:MAHA A). Now, I’m not saying that the stock is necessarily undervalued today; but I can’t shake an appreciation for the profitability of the business itself. In comparison, loss making companies act like a sponge for capital – but unlike such a sponge they do not always produce something when squeezed.

Check out our latest analysis for Maha Energy

Maha Energy’s Improving Profits

In a capitalist society capital chases profits, and that means share prices tend rise with earnings per share (EPS). So like a ray of sunshine through a gap in the clouds, improving EPS is considered a good sign. It is therefore awe-striking that Maha Energy’s EPS went from US$0.0082 to US$0.28 in just one year. Even though that growth rate is unlikely to be repeated, that looks like a breakout improvement.

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). Maha Energy shareholders can take confidence from the fact that EBIT margins are up from 25% to 61%, and revenue is growing. Ticking those two boxes is a good sign of growth, in my book.

OM:MAHA A Income Statement, July 31st 2019
OM:MAHA A Income Statement, July 31st 2019

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

Are Maha Energy Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

It makes me feel more secure owning shares in a company if insiders also own shares, thusly more closely aligning our interests. As a result, I’m encouraged by the fact that insiders own Maha Energy shares worth a considerable sum. To be specific, they have US$360m worth of shares. That shows significant buy-in, and may indicate conviction in the business strategy. That amounts to 11% of the company, demonstrating a degree of high-level alignment with shareholders.

Should You Add Maha Energy To Your Watchlist?

Maha Energy’s earnings have taken off like any random crypto-currency did, back in 2017. That EPS growth certainly has my attention, and the large insider ownership only serves to further stoke my interest. The hope is, of course, that the strong growth marks a fundamental improvement in the business economics. So to my mind Maha Energy is worth putting on your watchlist; after all, shareholders do well when the market underestimates fast growing companies. While we’ve looked at the quality of the earnings, we haven’t yet done any work to value the stock. So if you like to buy cheap, you may want to check if Maha Energy is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

Although Maha Energy certainly looks good to me, I would like it more if insiders were buying up shares. If you like to see insider buying, too, then this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying, could be exactly what you’re looking for.

Please note the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction

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