Here’s Why I Think Roche Holding (VTX:ROG) Is An Interesting Stock

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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. 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 Roche Holding (VTX:ROG). While that doesn’t make the shares worth buying at any price, you can’t deny that successful capitalism requires profit, eventually. While a well funded company may sustain losses for years, unless its owners have an endless appetite for subsidizing the customer, it will need to generate a profit eventually, or else breathe its last breath.

View our latest analysis for Roche Holding

How Fast Is Roche Holding Growing?

If a company can keep growing earnings per share (EPS) long enough, its share price will eventually follow. That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. Roche Holding managed to grow EPS by 5.7% per year, over three years. That might not be particularly high growth, but it does show that per-share earnings are moving steadily in the right direction.

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. Roche Holding maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 6.7% to CHF59b. That’s progress.

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.

SWX:ROG Income Statement, May 7th 2019
SWX:ROG Income Statement, May 7th 2019

Fortunately, we’ve got access to analyst forecasts of Roche Holding’s future profits. You can do your own forecasts without looking, or you can take a peek at what the professionals are predicting.

Are Roche Holding Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

Since Roche Holding has a market capitalization of CHF229b, we wouldn’t expect insiders to hold a large percentage of shares. But we are reassured by the fact they have invested in the company. Notably, they have an enormous stake in the company, worth CHF22b. This suggests to me that leadership will be very mindful of shareholders’ interests when making decisions!

Should You Add Roche Holding To Your Watchlist?

One positive for Roche Holding is that it is growing EPS. That’s nice to see. Just as polish makes silverware pop, the high level of insider ownership enhances my enthusiasm for this growth. The combination sparks joy for me, so I’d consider keeping the company on a watchlist. 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 Roche Holding is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

Although Roche 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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