If You Like EPS Growth Then Check Out Konecranes (HEL:KCR) Before It’s Too Late

Want to participate in a short research study? Help shape the future of investing tools and you could win a $250 gift card!

It’s only natural that many investors, especially those who are new to the game, prefer to buy shares in ‘sexy’ stocks with a good story, even if those businesses lose money. 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 Konecranes (HEL:KCR), 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. Conversely, a loss-making company is yet to prove itself with profit, and eventually the sweet milk of external capital may run sour.

Check out our latest analysis for Konecranes

How Quickly Is Konecranes Increasing Earnings Per Share?

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 Konecranes’s stratospheric annual EPS growth of 58%, 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. The good news is that Konecranes is growing revenues, and EBIT margins improved by 2.2 percentage points to 6.1%, 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. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.

HLSE:KCR Income Statement, May 5th 2019
HLSE:KCR Income Statement, May 5th 2019

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

Are Konecranes Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

I like company leaders to have some skin in the game, so to speak, because it increases alignment of incentives between the people running the business, and its true owners. So it is good to see that Konecranes insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock. Notably, they have an enormous stake in the company, worth €92m. This suggests to me that leadership will be very mindful of shareholders’ interests when making decisions!

Does Konecranes Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

Konecranes’s earnings per share growth has been so hot recently that thinking about it is making me blush. That sort of growth is nothing short of eye-catching, and the large investment held by insiders certainly brightens my view of the company. 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 Konecranes for a spot on your watchlist. Once you’ve identified a business you like, the next step is to consider what you think it’s worth. And right now is your chance to view our exclusive discounted cashflow valuation of Konecranes. You might benefit from giving it a glance today.

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

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.