Should You Be Adding Cholamandalam Investment and Finance (NSE:CHOLAFIN) To Your Watchlist 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. And in their study titled Who Falls Prey to the Wolf of Wall Street?’ Leuz et. al. found that it is ‘quite common’ for investors to lose money by buying into ‘pump and dump’ schemes.

In contrast to all that, I prefer to spend time on companies like Cholamandalam Investment and Finance (NSE:CHOLAFIN), which has not only revenues, but also profits. 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.

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How Fast Is Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Growing?

As one of my mentors once told me, share price follows earnings per share (EPS). Therefore, there are plenty of investors who like to buy shares in companies that are growing EPS. As a tree reaches steadily for the sky, Cholamandalam Investment and Finance’s EPS has grown 24% each year, compound, over three years. If the company can sustain that sort of growth, we’d expect shareholders to come away winners.

I like to take a look at earnings before interest and (EBIT) tax margins, as well as revenue growth, to get another take on the quality of the company’s growth. I note that Cholamandalam Investment and Finance’s revenue from operations was lower than its revenue in the last twelve months, so that could distort my analysis of its margins. Cholamandalam Investment and Finance maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 15% to ₹40b. That’s a real positive.

You can take a look at the company’s revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.

NSEI:CHOLAFIN Income Statement, March 2nd 2020
NSEI:CHOLAFIN Income Statement, March 2nd 2020

You don’t drive with your eyes on the rear-view mirror, so you might be more interested in this free report showing analyst forecasts for Cholamandalam Investment and Finance’s future profits.

Are Cholamandalam Investment and Finance 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 Cholamandalam Investment and Finance insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock. With a whopping ₹3.7b worth of shares as a group, insiders have plenty riding on the company’s success. This should keep them focused on creating long term value for shareholders.

It’s good to see that insiders are invested in the company, but are remuneration levels reasonable? Well, based on the CEO pay, I’d say they are indeed. For companies with market capitalizations between ₹145b and ₹464b, like Cholamandalam Investment and Finance, the median CEO pay is around ₹59m.

Cholamandalam Investment and Finance offered total compensation worth ₹37.0m to its CEO in the year to . That comes in below the average for similar sized companies, and seems pretty reasonable to me. CEO remuneration levels are not the most important metric for investors, but when the pay is modest, that does support enhanced alignment between the CEO and the ordinary shareholders. It can also be a sign of good governance, more generally.

Does Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

You can’t deny that Cholamandalam Investment and Finance has grown its earnings per share at a very impressive rate. That’s attractive. If that’s not enough, consider also that the CEO pay is quite reasonable, and insiders are well-invested alongside other shareholders. This may only be a fast rundown, but the takeaway for me is that Cholamandalam Investment and Finance is worth keeping an eye on. Now, you could try to make up your mind on Cholamandalam Investment and Finance by focusing on just these factors, or you could also consider how its price-to-earnings ratio compares to other companies in its industry.

Of course, you can do well (sometimes) buying stocks that are not growing earnings and do not have insiders buying shares. But as a growth investor I always like to check out companies that do have those features. You can access a free list of them here.

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

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