Here's Why We Think Kape Technologies (LON:KAPE) Is Well Worth Watching

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 18, 2020
AIM:KAPE
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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. Unfortunately, high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson.

In the age of tech-stock blue-sky investing, my choice may seem old fashioned; I still prefer profitable companies like Kape Technologies (LON:KAPE). Even if the shares are fully valued today, most capitalists would recognize its profits as the demonstration of steady value generation. Loss-making companies are always racing against time to reach financial sustainability, but time is often a friend of the profitable company, especially if it is growing.

See our latest analysis for Kape Technologies

How Fast Is Kape Technologies Growing Its Earnings Per Share?

Over the last three years, Kape Technologies has grown earnings per share (EPS) like young bamboo after rain; fast, and from a low base. So I don't think the percent growth rate is particularly meaningful. As a result, I'll zoom in on growth over the last year, instead. Kape Technologies boosted its trailing twelve month EPS from US$0.016 to US$0.017, in the last year. I doubt many would complain about that 11% gain.

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. Kape Technologies maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 27% to US$66m. That's progress.

The chart below shows how the company's bottom and top lines have progressed over time. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.

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AIM:KAPE Earnings and Revenue History August 19th 2020

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

Are Kape Technologies Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

Many consider high insider ownership to be a strong sign of alignment between the leaders of a company and the ordinary shareholders. So we're pleased to report that Kape Technologies insiders own a meaningful share of the business. Indeed, with a collective holding of 66%, company insiders are in control and have plenty of capital behind the venture. To me this is a good sign because it suggests they will be incentivised to build value for shareholders over the long term. At the current share price, that insider holding is worth a whopping US$206m. That means they have plenty of their own capital riding on the performance of the business!

It's good to see that insiders are invested in the company, but are remuneration levels reasonable? Well, based on the CEO pay, I'd say they are indeed. I discovered that the median total compensation for the CEOs of companies like Kape Technologies with market caps between UK£151m and UK£605m is about UK£703k.

Kape Technologies offered total compensation worth UK£580k to its CEO in the year to . That seems pretty reasonable, especially given its below the median for similar sized companies. CEO compensation is hardly the most important aspect of a company to consider, but when its reasonable that does give me a little more confidence that leadership are looking out for shareholder interests. It can also be a sign of a culture of integrity, in a broader sense.

Does Kape Technologies Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

One important encouraging feature of Kape Technologies is that it is growing profits. Earnings growth might be the main game for Kape Technologies, but the fun does not stop there. Boasting both modest CEO pay and considerable insider ownership, I'd argue this one is worthy of the watchlist, at least. You should always think about risks though. Case in point, we've spotted 3 warning signs for Kape Technologies you should be aware of.

Although Kape Technologies certainly looks good to me, I would like it more if insiders were buying up shares. If you like to see insider buying, too, then this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying, could be exactly what you're looking for.

Please note the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction.

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