If You Like EPS Growth Then Check Out Dalet (EPA:DLT) Before It’s Too Late

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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 as Peter Lynch said in One Up On Wall Street, ‘Long shots almost never pay off.’

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

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Dalet’s Improving Profits

In business, though not in life, profits are a key measure of success; and share prices tend to reflect earnings per share (EPS). So like the hint of a smile on a face that I love, growing EPS generally makes me look twice. It is therefore awe-striking that Dalet’s EPS went from €0.20 to €0.66 in just one year. When you see earnings grow that quickly, it often means good things ahead for the company.

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. While we note Dalet’s EBIT margins were flat over the last year, revenue grew by a solid 8.9% to €56m. That’s progress.

The chart below shows how the company’s bottom and top lines have progressed over time. For finer detail, click on the image.

ENXTPA:DLT Income Statement, June 17th 2019
ENXTPA:DLT Income Statement, June 17th 2019

Dalet isn’t a huge company, given its market capitalization of €44m. That makes it extra important to check on its balance sheet strength.

Are Dalet Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

Personally, I like to see high insider ownership of a company, since it suggests that it will be managed in the interests of shareholders. So as you can imagine, the fact that Dalet insiders own a significant number of shares certainly appeals to me. Actually, with 42% of the company to their names, insiders are profoundly invested in the business. I’m reassured by this kind of alignment, as it suggests the business will be run for the benefit of shareholders. In terms of absolute value, insiders have €19m invested in the business, using the current share price. That should be more than enough to keep them focussed on creating shareholder value!

Does Dalet Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

Dalet’s earnings per share have taken off like a rocket aimed right at the moon. 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 to my mind Dalet is worth putting on your watchlist; after all, shareholders do well when the market underestimates fast growing companies. Of course, identifying quality businesses is only half the battle; investors need to know whether the stock is undervalued. So you might want to consider this free discounted cashflow valuation of Dalet.

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