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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.’
In the age of tech-stock blue-sky investing, my choice may seem old fashioned; I still prefer profitable companies like Aggregated Micro Power Holdings (LON:AMPH). While profit is not necessarily a social good, it’s easy to admire a business than can consistently produce it. In comparison, loss making companies act like a sponge for capital – but unlike such a sponge they do not always produce something when squeezed.
Aggregated Micro Power Holdings’s Improving Profits
Over the last three years, Aggregated Micro Power Holdings has grown earnings per share (EPS) like bamboo after rain; fast, and from a low base. So I don’t think the percent growth rate is particularly meaningful. Thus, it makes sense to focus on more recent growth rates, instead. Aggregated Micro Power Holdings boosted its trailing twelve month EPS from UK£0.017 to UK£0.019, in the last year. That’s a 11% gain; respectable growth in the broader scheme of things.
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). On the one hand, Aggregated Micro Power Holdings’s EBIT margins fell over the last year, but on the other hand, revenue grew. So if EBIT margins can stabilize, this top-line growth should pay off for shareholders.
In the chart below, you can see how the company has grown earnings, and revenue, over time. For finer detail, click on the image.
Aggregated Micro Power Holdings isn’t a huge company, given its market capitalization of UK£46m. That makes it extra important to check on its balance sheet strength.
Are Aggregated Micro Power Holdings Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
I always like to check up on CEO compensation, because I think that reasonable pay levels, around or below the median, can be a sign that shareholder interests are well considered. For companies with market capitalizations under UK£152m, like Aggregated Micro Power Holdings, the median CEO pay is around UK£237k.
Aggregated Micro Power Holdings offered total compensation worth UK£125k to its CEO in the year to March 2018. That seems pretty reasonable, especially given its below the median for similar sized companies. While the level of CEO compensation isn’t a huge factor in my view of the company, modest remuneration is a positive, because it suggests that the board keeps shareholder interests in mind. It can also be a sign of a culture of integrity, in a broader sense.
Does Aggregated Micro Power Holdings Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?
One positive for Aggregated Micro Power Holdings is that it is growing EPS. That’s nice to see. On top of that, my faith in the board of directors is strengthened by the fact of the reasonable CEO pay. So all in all I think it’s worth at least considering for your watchlist. Now, you could try to make up your mind on Aggregated Micro Power Holdings by focusing on just these factors, or you could also consider how its price-to-earnings ratio compares to other companies in its industry.
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