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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 the age of tech-stock blue-sky investing, my choice may seem old fashioned; I still prefer profitable companies like Zimplats Holdings (ASX:ZIM). While profit is not necessarily a social good, it’s easy to admire a business than 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.
Zimplats Holdings’s Improving Profits
Over the last three years, Zimplats Holdings has grown earnings per share (EPS) like bamboo after rain; fast, and from a low base. So I don’t think the percent growth rate is particularly meaningful. As a result, I’ll zoom in on growth over the last year, instead. It’s good to see that Zimplats Holdings’s EPS have grown from US$0.47 to US$0.58 over twelve months. I doubt many would complain about that 23% gain.
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. The good news is that Zimplats Holdings is growing revenues, and EBIT margins improved by 10.4 percentage points to 31%, over the last year. Ticking those two boxes is a good sign of growth, in my book.
The chart below shows how the company’s bottom and top lines have progressed over time. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.
While profitability drives the upside, prudent investors always check the balance sheet, too.
Are Zimplats Holdings Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
Should You Add Zimplats Holdings To Your Watchlist?
One positive for Zimplats Holdings is that it is growing EPS. That’s nice to see. Of course, just because Zimplats 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.
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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