Here’s Why I Think Safestore Holdings (LON:SAFE) Might Deserve Your Attention Today

For beginners, it can seem like a good idea (and an exciting prospect) to buy a company that tells a good story to investors, even if it completely lacks a track record of revenue and profit. 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 Safestore Holdings (LON:SAFE). Even if the shares are fully valued today, most capitalists would recognize its profits as the demonstration of steady value generation. 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.

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Safestore Holdings’s Earnings Per Share Are 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. Over the last three years, Safestore Holdings has grown EPS by 9.9% per year. That growth rate is fairly good, assuming the company can keep it up.

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). Safestore Holdings maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 8.3% to UK£148m. That’s progress.

You can take a look at the company’s revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. For finer detail check this interactive graph.

LSE:SAFE Income Statement, October 3rd 2019
LSE:SAFE Income Statement, October 3rd 2019

Of course the knack is to find stocks that have their best days in the future, not in the past. You could base your opinion on past performance, of course, but you may also want to check this interactive graph of professional analyst EPS forecasts for Safestore Holdings.

Are Safestore Holdings 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 Safestore Holdings shares worth a considerable sum. To be specific, they have UK£18m worth of shares. That shows significant buy-in, and may indicate conviction in the business strategy. Even though that’s only about 1.3% of the company, it’s enough money to indicate alignment between the leaders of the business and ordinary shareholders.

Should You Add Safestore Holdings To Your Watchlist?

One important encouraging feature of Safestore Holdings is that it is growing profits. If that’s not enough on its own, there is also the rather notable levels of insider ownership. The combination sparks joy for me, so I’d consider keeping the company on a watchlist. Of course, just because Safestore Holdings is growing does not mean it is undervalued. If you’re wondering about the valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Although Safestore Holdings 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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