Is Now The Time To Put MVB Financial (NASDAQ:MVBF) On Your Watchlist?

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. 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.

In contrast to all that, I prefer to spend time on companies like MVB Financial (NASDAQ:MVBF), which has not only revenues, but also profits. While profit is not necessarily a social good, it’s easy to admire a business that can consistently produce it. Conversely, a loss-making company is yet to prove itself with profit, and eventually the sweet milk of external capital may run sour.

Check out our latest analysis for MVB Financial

How Quickly Is MVB Financial Increasing Earnings Per Share?

If a company can keep growing earnings per share (EPS) long enough, its share price will eventually follow. Therefore, there are plenty of investors who like to buy shares in companies that are growing EPS. It certainly is nice to see that MVB Financial has managed to grow EPS by 35% per year over three years. If the company can sustain that sort of growth, we’d expect shareholders to come away winners.

Careful consideration of revenue growth and earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) margins can help inform a view on the sustainability of the recent profit growth. Not all of MVB Financial’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. MVB Financial maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 32% to US$114m. That’s a real positive.

The chart below shows how the company’s bottom and top lines have progressed over time. For finer detail, click on the image.

NasdaqCM:MVBF Income Statement, January 3rd 2020
NasdaqCM:MVBF Income Statement, January 3rd 2020

Fortunately, we’ve got access to analyst forecasts of MVB Financial’s future profits. You can do your own forecasts without looking, or you can take a peek at what the professionals are predicting.

Are MVB Financial Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

Like the kids in the streets standing up for their beliefs, insider share purchases give me reason to believe in a brighter future. That’s because insider buying often indicates that those closest to the company have confidence that the share price will perform well. However, insiders are sometimes wrong, and we don’t know the exact thinking behind their acquisitions.

Not only did MVB Financial insiders refrain from selling stock during the year, but they also spent US$107k buying it. That’s nice to see, because it suggests insiders are optimistic. It is also worth noting that it was Independent Director J. Pallotta who made the biggest single purchase, worth US$40k, paying US$15.50 per share.

The good news, alongside the insider buying, for MVB Financial bulls is that insiders (collectively) have a meaningful investment in the stock. Indeed, they hold US$34m worth of its stock. That’s a lot of money, and no small incentive to work hard. That amounts to 12% of the company, demonstrating a degree of high-level alignment with shareholders.

Should You Add MVB Financial To Your Watchlist?

For growth investors like me, MVB Financial’s raw rate of earnings growth is a beacon in the night. On top of that, insiders own a significant stake in the company and have been buying more shares. So I do think this is one stock worth watching. 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 MVB Financial is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. So if you like the sound of MVB Financial, you’ll probably love this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

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

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