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. Unfortunately, high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson.
In the age of tech-stock blue-sky investing, my choice may seem old fashioned; I still prefer profitable companies like Sanwaria Consumer (NSE:SANWARIA). 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. 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.
Sanwaria Consumer’s Improving Profits
In the last three years Sanwaria Consumer’s earnings per share took off like a rocket; fast, and from a low base. So the actual rate of growth doesn’t tell us much. Thus, it makes sense to focus on more recent growth rates, instead. Like a firecracker arcing through the night sky, Sanwaria Consumer’s EPS shot from ₹1.15 to ₹2.14, over the last year. Year on year growth of 86% is certainly a sight to behold.
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). Sanwaria Consumer maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 5.0% to ₹53b. That’s a real positive.
Since Sanwaria Consumer is no giant, with a market capitalization of ₹3.0b, so you should definitely check its cash and debt before getting too excited about its prospects.
Are Sanwaria Consumer Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
Many consider high insider ownership to be a strong sign of alignment between the leaders of a company and the ordinary shareholders. So we’re pleased to report that Sanwaria Consumer insiders own a meaningful share of the business. In fact, they own 41% of the shares, making insiders a very influential shareholder group. I’m always comforted by solid insider ownership like this, as it implies that those running the business are genuinely motivated to create shareholder value. In terms of absolute value, insiders have ₹1.2b invested in the business, using the current share price. That’s nothing to sneeze at!
Does Sanwaria Consumer Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?
Sanwaria Consumer’s earnings per share growth have been levitating higher, like a mountain goat scaling the Alps. That sort of growth is nothing short of eye-catching, and the large investment held by insiders certainly brightens my view of the company. At times fast EPS growth is a sign the business has reached an inflection point; and I do like those. So to my mind Sanwaria Consumer is worth putting on your watchlist; after all, shareholders do well when the market underestimates fast growing companies. One of Buffett’s considerations when discussing businesses is if they are capital light or capital intensive. Generally, a company with a high return on equity is capital light, and can thus fund growth more easily. So you might want to check this graph comparing Sanwaria Consumer’s ROE with industry peers (and the market at large).
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