It's common for many investors, especially those who are inexperienced, to buy shares in companies with a good story even if these companies are loss-making. Sometimes these stories can cloud the minds of investors, leading them to invest with their emotions rather than on the merit of good company fundamentals. While a well funded company may sustain losses for years, it will need to generate a profit eventually, or else investors will move on and the company will wither away.
Despite being in the age of tech-stock blue-sky investing, many investors still adopt a more traditional strategy; buying shares in profitable companies like Eurazeo (EPA:RF). Even if this company is fairly valued by the market, investors would agree that generating consistent profits will continue to provide Eurazeo with the means to add long-term value to shareholders.
Eurazeo's Earnings Per Share Are Growing
Generally, companies experiencing growth in earnings per share (EPS) should see similar trends in share price. That means EPS growth is considered a real positive by most successful long-term investors. To the delight of shareholders, Eurazeo has achieved impressive annual EPS growth of 53%, compound, over the last three years. While that sort of growth rate isn't sustainable for long, it certainly catches the eye of prospective investors.
It's often helpful to take a look at earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) margins, as well as revenue growth, to get another take on the quality of the company's growth. It's noted that Eurazeo's revenue from operations was lower than its revenue in the last twelve months, so that could distort our analysis of its margins. While we note Eurazeo achieved similar EBIT margins to last year, revenue grew by a solid 15% to €6.1b. That's a real positive.
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.
Fortunately, we've got access to analyst forecasts of Eurazeo's future profits. You can do your own forecasts without looking, or you can take a peek at what the professionals are predicting.
Are Eurazeo Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
We would not expect to see insiders owning a large percentage of a €5.0b company like Eurazeo. But we do take comfort from the fact that they are investors in the company. We note that their impressive stake in the company is worth €670m. That equates to 13% of the company, making insiders powerful and aligned with other shareholders. Very encouraging.
Is Eurazeo Worth Keeping An Eye On?
Eurazeo's earnings per share growth have been climbing higher at an appreciable rate. That EPS growth certainly is attention grabbing, and the large insider ownership only serves to further stoke our interest. The hope is, of course, that the strong growth marks a fundamental improvement in the business economics. So at the surface level, Eurazeo is worth putting on your watchlist; after all, shareholders do well when the market underestimates fast growing companies. You should always think about risks though. Case in point, we've spotted 3 warning signs for Eurazeo you should be aware of, and 2 of them are a bit unpleasant.
The beauty of investing is that you can invest in almost any company you want. But if you prefer to focus on stocks that have demonstrated insider buying, here is a list of companies with insider buying in the last three months.
Please note the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction.
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