Do Fluxys Belgium’s (EBR:FLUX) Earnings Warrant Your Attention?

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 Fluxys Belgium (EBR:FLUX), 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. In comparison, loss making companies act like a sponge for capital – but unlike such a sponge they do not always produce something when squeezed.

See our latest analysis for Fluxys Belgium

Fluxys Belgium’s Earnings Per Share Are Growing.

As one of my mentors once told me, share price follows earnings per share (EPS). That means EPS growth is considered a real positive by most successful long-term investors. Fluxys Belgium managed to grow EPS by 13% per year, over three years. That growth rate is fairly good, assuming the company can keep it up.

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. While revenue is looking a bit flat, the good news is EBIT margins improved by 2.3 percentage points to 22%, in the last twelve months. That’s something to smile about.

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.

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ENXTBR:FLUX Earnings and Revenue History September 21st 2020

While profitability drives the upside, prudent investors always check the balance sheet, too.

Are Fluxys Belgium Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

I always like to check up on CEO compensation, because I think that reasonable pay levels, around or below the median, can be a sign that shareholder interests are well considered. I discovered that the median total compensation for the CEOs of companies like Fluxys Belgium with market caps between €843m and €2.7b is about €642k.

Fluxys Belgium offered total compensation worth €517k 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. I’d also argue reasonable pay levels attest to good decision making more generally.

Should You Add Fluxys Belgium To Your Watchlist?

As I already mentioned, Fluxys Belgium is a growing business, which is what I like to see. Not only that, but the CEO is paid quite reasonably, which makes me feel more trusting of the board of directors. So all in all I think it’s worth at least considering for your watchlist. However, before you get too excited we’ve discovered 2 warning signs for Fluxys Belgium (1 is a bit concerning!) that you should be aware of.

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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