Here’s Why I Think Aptitude Software Group (LON:APTD) Is An Interesting Stock

It’s only natural that many investors, especially those who are new to the game, prefer to buy shares in ‘sexy’ stocks with a good story, even if those businesses lose money. But as Peter Lynch said in One Up On Wall Street, ‘Long shots almost never pay off.’

If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Aptitude Software Group (LON:APTD). While that doesn’t make the shares worth buying at any price, you can’t deny that successful capitalism requires profit, eventually. Conversely, a loss-making company is yet to prove itself with profit, and eventually the sweet milk of external capital may run sour.

Check out our latest analysis for Aptitude Software Group

How Quickly Is Aptitude Software Group Increasing Earnings Per Share?

If a company can keep growing earnings per share (EPS) long enough, its share price will eventually follow. It’s no surprise, then, that I like to invest in companies with EPS growth. I, for one, am blown away by the fact that Aptitude Software Group has grown EPS by 55% per year, over the last three years. While that sort of growth rate isn’t sustainable for long, it certainly catches my attention; like a glint in the eye of my lover.

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. Aptitude Software Group maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 12% to UK£70m. That’s progress.

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.

LSE:APTD Income Statement, April 14th 2019
LSE:APTD Income Statement, April 14th 2019

While profitability drives the upside, prudent investors always check the balance sheet, too.

Are Aptitude Software 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. As a result, I’m encouraged by the fact that insiders own Aptitude Software Group shares worth a considerable sum. Indeed, they hold UK£29m worth of its stock. That’s a lot of money, and no small incentive to work hard. Those holdings account for over 12% of the company; visible skin in the game.

Should You Add Aptitude Software Group To Your Watchlist?

Aptitude Software Group’s earnings per share growth has been so hot recently that thinking about it is making me blush. That EPS growth certainly has my attention, and the large insider ownership only serves to further stoke my interest. 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 Aptitude Software Group for a spot on your watchlist. If you think Aptitude Software Group might suit your style as an investor, you could go straight to its annual report, or you could first check our discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation for the company.

Of course, you can do well (sometimes) buying stocks that are not growing earnings and do not have insiders buying shares. But as a growth investor I always like to check out companies that do have those features. You can access a free list of them here.

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

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