Some have more dollars than sense, they say, so even companies that have no revenue, no profit, and a record of falling short, can easily find investors. Unfortunately, high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson.
In contrast to all that, I prefer to spend time on companies like Stock Yards Bancorp (NASDAQ:SYBT), which has not only revenues, but also profits. 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.
How Fast Is Stock Yards Bancorp 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. That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. Over the last three years, Stock Yards Bancorp has grown EPS by 15% per year. That’s a good rate of growth, if it can be sustained.
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). Not all of Stock Yards Bancorp’s revenue this year is revenue from operations, so keep in mind the revenue and margin numbers I’ve used might not be the best representation of the underlying business. While we note Stock Yards Bancorp’s EBIT margins were flat over the last year, revenue grew by a solid 12% to US$162m. That’s progress.
In investing, as in life, the future matters more than the past. So why not check out this free interactive visualization of Stock Yards Bancorp’s forecast profits?
Are Stock Yards Bancorp 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. So it is good to see that Stock Yards Bancorp insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock. Indeed, they hold US$47m worth of its stock. That’s a lot of money, and no small incentive to work hard. Those holdings account for over 5.8% of the company; visible skin in the game.
Does Stock Yards Bancorp Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?
As I already mentioned, Stock Yards Bancorp is a growing business, which is what I like to see. If that’s not enough on its own, there is also the rather notable levels of insider ownership. That combination appeals to me, for one. So yes, I do think the stock is worth keeping an eye on. Now, you could try to make up your mind on Stock Yards Bancorp by focusing on just these factors, or you could also consider how its price-to-earnings ratio compares to other companies in its industry.
Although Stock Yards Bancorp 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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