Does Dottikon Es Holding (VTX:DESN) Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 11, 2022
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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. But as Peter Lynch said in One Up On Wall Street, 'Long shots almost never pay off.'

If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Dottikon Es Holding (VTX:DESN). While profit is not necessarily a social good, it's easy to admire a business that can consistently produce it. Loss-making companies are always racing against time to reach financial sustainability, but time is often a friend of the profitable company, especially if it is growing.

View our latest analysis for Dottikon Es Holding

How Fast Is Dottikon Es Holding 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). That means EPS growth is considered a real positive by most successful long-term investors. Who among us would not applaud Dottikon Es Holding's stratospheric annual EPS growth of 40%, compound, over the last three years? Growth that fast may well be fleeting, but like a lotus blooming from a murky pond, it sparks joy for the wary stock pickers.

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. Dottikon Es Holding shareholders can take confidence from the fact that EBIT margins are up from 24% to 28%, and revenue is growing. That's great to see, on both counts.

In the chart below, you can see how the company has grown earnings, and revenue, over time. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.

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SWX:DESN Earnings and Revenue History April 11th 2022

While it's always good to see growing profits, you should always remember that a weak balance sheet could come back to bite. So check Dottikon Es Holding's balance sheet strength, before getting too excited.

Are Dottikon Es Holding 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. As a result, I'm encouraged by the fact that insiders own Dottikon Es Holding shares worth a considerable sum. Notably, they have an enormous stake in the company, worth CHF917m. Coming in at 24% of the business, that holding gives insiders a lot of influence, and plenty of reason to generate value for shareholders. So it might be my imagination, but I do sense the glimmer of an opportunity.

Is Dottikon Es Holding Worth Keeping An Eye On?

Dottikon Es Holding's earnings per share growth have been levitating higher, like a mountain goat scaling the Alps. That EPS growth certainly has my attention, and the large insider ownership only serves to further stoke my interest. At times fast EPS growth is a sign the business has reached an inflection point; and I do like those. So yes, on this short analysis I do think it's worth considering Dottikon Es Holding for a spot on your watchlist. Still, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Dottikon Es Holding (including 1 which is a bit concerning) .

Although Dottikon Es Holding certainly looks good to me, I would like it more if insiders were buying up shares. If you like to see insider buying, too, then this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying, could be exactly what you're looking for.

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

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