Investors are often guided by the idea of discovering 'the next big thing', even if that means buying 'story stocks' without any revenue, let alone profit. Sometimes these stories can cloud the minds of investors, leading them to invest with their emotions rather than on the merit of good company fundamentals. A loss-making company is yet to prove itself with profit, and eventually the inflow of external capital may dry up.
If this kind of company isn't your style, you like companies that generate revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Toromont Industries (TSE:TIH). Even if this company is fairly valued by the market, investors would agree that generating consistent profits will continue to provide Toromont Industries with the means to add long-term value to shareholders.
How Fast Is Toromont Industries Growing?
If you believe that markets are even vaguely efficient, then over the long term you'd expect a company's share price to follow its earnings per share (EPS) outcomes. Therefore, there are plenty of investors who like to buy shares in companies that are growing EPS. We can see that in the last three years Toromont Industries grew its EPS by 9.3% per year. That's a pretty good rate, if the company can sustain it.
One way to double-check a company's growth is to look at how its revenue, and earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) margins are changing. Toromont Industries maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 10% to CA$3.9b. That's encouraging news for the company!
You can take a look at the company's revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.
The trick, as an investor, is to find companies that are going to perform well in the future, not just in the past. While crystal balls don't exist, you can check our visualization of consensus analyst forecasts for Toromont Industries' future EPS 100% free.
Are Toromont Industries Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
We would not expect to see insiders owning a large percentage of a CA$7.9b company like Toromont Industries. But thanks to their investment in the company, it's pleasing to see that there are still incentives to align their actions with the shareholders. To be specific, they have CA$32m worth of shares. This considerable investment should help drive long-term value in the business. Even though that's only about 0.4% of the company, it's enough money to indicate alignment between the leaders of the business and ordinary shareholders.
While it's always good to see some strong conviction in the company from insiders through heavy investment, it's also important for shareholders to ask if management compensation policies are reasonable. A brief analysis of the CEO compensation suggests they are. Our analysis has discovered that the median total compensation for the CEOs of companies like Toromont Industries with market caps between CA$5.2b and CA$16b is about CA$6.4m.
Toromont Industries' CEO took home a total compensation package worth CA$3.6m in the year leading up to December 2021. That is actually below the median for CEO's of similarly sized companies. While the level of CEO compensation shouldn't be the biggest factor in how the company is viewed, modest remuneration is a positive, because it suggests that the board keeps shareholder interests in mind. It can also be a sign of good governance, more generally.
Does Toromont Industries Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?
As previously touched on, Toromont Industries is a growing business, which is encouraging. Earnings growth might be the main attraction for Toromont Industries, but the fun does not stop there. With company insiders aligning themselves considerably with the company's success and modest CEO compensation, there's no arguments that this is a stock worth looking into. 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 Toromont Industries is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
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