Here’s Why I Think SA Catana Group (EPA:CATG) Might Deserve Your Attention Today

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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 the reality is that when a company loses money each year, for long enough, its investors will usually take their share of those losses.

So if you’re like me, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like SA Catana Group (EPA:CATG). While profit is not necessarily a social good, it’s easy to admire a business than can consistently produce it. Conversely, a loss-making company is yet to prove itself with profit, and eventually the sweet milk of external capital may run sour.

See our latest analysis for SA Catana Group

How Fast Is SA Catana Group Growing Its Earnings Per Share?

In the last three years SA Catana Group’s earnings per share took off like a rocket; fast, and from a low base. So the actual rate of growth doesn’t tell us much. As a result, I’ll zoom in on growth over the last year, instead. Like a firecracker arcing through the night sky, SA Catana Group’s EPS shot from €0.061 to €0.12, over the last year. You don’t see 90% year-on-year growth like that, very often.

I like to see top-line growth as an indication that growth is sustainable, and I look for a high earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) margin to point to a competitive moat (though some companies with low margins also have moats). The good news is that SA Catana Group is growing revenues, and EBIT margins improved by 2.9 percentage points to 5.5%, over the last year. Ticking those two boxes is a good sign of growth, in my book.

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.

ENXTPA:CATG Income Statement, May 2nd 2019
ENXTPA:CATG Income Statement, May 2nd 2019

SA Catana Group isn’t a huge company, given its market capitalization of €81m. That makes it extra important to check on its balance sheet strength.

Are SA Catana Group 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. So it is good to see that SA Catana Group insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock. Indeed, they hold €24m worth of its stock. That shows significant buy-in, and may indicate conviction in the business strategy. That amounts to 30% of the company, demonstrating a degree of high-level alignment with shareholders.

Does SA Catana Group Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

SA Catana Group’s earnings have taken off like any random crypto-currency did, back in 2017. That sort of growth is nothing short of eye-catching, and the large investment held by insiders certainly brightens my view of the company. The hope is, of course, that the strong growth marks a fundamental improvement in the business economics. So yes, on this short analysis I do think it’s worth considering SA Catana Group for a spot on your watchlist. Of course, just because SA Catana Group is growing does not mean it is undervalued. If you’re wondering about the valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

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