If You Like EPS Growth Then Check Out Piscines Desjoyaux (EPA:ALPDX) Before It’s Too Late

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. Unfortunately, high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson.

So if you’re like me, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like Piscines Desjoyaux (EPA:ALPDX). 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 Piscines Desjoyaux

How Fast Is Piscines Desjoyaux Growing?

As one of my mentors once told me, share price follows earnings per share (EPS). Therefore, there are plenty of investors who like to buy shares in companies that are growing EPS. As a tree reaches steadily for the sky, Piscines Desjoyaux’s EPS has grown 27% each year, compound, over three years. As a general rule, we’d say that if a company can keep up that sort of growth, shareholders will be smiling.

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. Piscines Desjoyaux shareholders can take confidence from the fact that EBIT margins are up from 8.8% to 14%, and revenue is growing. 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.

ENXTPA:ALPDX Income Statement, January 27th 2020
ENXTPA:ALPDX Income Statement, January 27th 2020

Since Piscines Desjoyaux is no giant, with a market capitalization of €134m, so you should definitely check its cash and debt before getting too excited about its prospects.

Are Piscines Desjoyaux Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

As a general rule, I think it worth considering how much the CEO is paid, since unreasonably high rates could be considered against the interests of shareholders. For companies with market capitalizations under €181m, like Piscines Desjoyaux, the median CEO pay is around €285k.

The Piscines Desjoyaux CEO received €165k in compensation for the year ending August 2019. 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. It can also be a sign of good governance, more generally.

Does Piscines Desjoyaux Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

You can’t deny that Piscines Desjoyaux has grown its earnings per share at a very impressive rate. That’s attractive. The fast growth bodes well while the very reasonable CEO pay assists builds some confidence in the board. So I’d argue this is the kind of stock worth watching, even if it isn’t great value today. 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 Piscines Desjoyaux is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

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