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We Ran A Stock Scan For Earnings Growth And Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries (ATH:MOH) Passed With Ease

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The excitement of investing in a company that can reverse its fortunes is a big draw for some speculators, so even companies that have no revenue, no profit, and a record of falling short, can manage to find investors. Unfortunately, these high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson. Loss-making companies are always racing against time to reach financial sustainability, so investors in these companies may be taking on more risk than they should.

In contrast to all that, many investors prefer to focus on companies like Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries (ATH:MOH), which has not only revenues, but also profits. While this doesn't necessarily speak to whether it's undervalued, the profitability of the business is enough to warrant some appreciation - especially if its growing.

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How Fast Is Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries Growing Its Earnings Per Share?

Investors and investment funds chase profits, and that means share prices tend rise with positive earnings per share (EPS) outcomes. So a growing EPS generally brings attention to a company in the eyes of prospective investors. It's an outstanding feat for Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries to have grown EPS from €1.77 to €9.15 in just one year. While it's difficult to sustain growth at that level, it bodes well for the company's outlook for the future. This could point to the business hitting a point of inflection.

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. The good news is that Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries is growing revenues, and EBIT margins improved by 4.5 percentage points to 8.2%, over the last year. Ticking those two boxes is a good sign of growth, in our book.

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

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ATSE:MOH Earnings and Revenue History February 10th 2023

The trick, as an investor, is to find companies that are going to perform well in the future, not just in the past. While crystal balls don't exist, you can check our visualization of consensus analyst forecasts for Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries' future EPS 100% free.

Are Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

It's a good habit to check into a company's remuneration policies to ensure that the CEO and management team aren't putting their own interests before that of the shareholder with excessive salary packages. For companies with market capitalisations between €1.9b and €6.0b, like Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries, the median CEO pay is around €1.8m.

The Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries CEO received total compensation of only €32k in the year to December 2021. This could be considered a token amount, and indicates that the company does not need to use payment to motivate the CEO - that is often a good sign. CEO remuneration levels are not the most important metric for investors, but when the pay is modest, that does support enhanced alignment between the CEO and the ordinary shareholders. It can also be a sign of good governance, more generally.

Should You Add Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries To Your Watchlist?

Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries' earnings have taken off in quite an impressive fashion. With increasing profits, its seems likely the business has a rosy future; and it may have hit an inflection point. Meanwhile, the very reasonable CEO pay is a great reassurance, since it points to an absence of wasteful spending habits. So faced with these facts, it seems that researching this stock a little more may lead you to discover an investment opportunity that meets your quality standards. We don't want to rain on the parade too much, but we did also find 4 warning signs for Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries (2 are significant!) that you need to be mindful of.

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