Here’s Why We Think Gr. Sarantis (ATH:SAR) Is Well Worth Watching

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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.’

In contrast to all that, I prefer to spend time on companies like Gr. Sarantis (ATH:SAR), which has not only revenues, but also profits. While profit is not necessarily a social good, it’s easy to admire a business than can consistently produce it. 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.

Check out our latest analysis for Gr. Sarantis

How Quickly Is Gr. Sarantis 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. As a tree reaches steadily for the sky, Gr. Sarantis’s EPS has grown 19% each year, compound, over three years. As a general rule, we’d say that if a company can keep up that sort of growth, shareholders will be smiling.

I like to take a look at earnings before interest and (EBIT) tax margins, as well as revenue growth, to get another take on the quality of the company’s growth. Gr. Sarantis maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 15% to €344m. That’s a real positive.

You can take a look at the company’s revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. For finer detail, click on the image.

ATSE:SAR Income Statement, May 3rd 2019
ATSE:SAR Income Statement, May 3rd 2019

While we live in the present moment at all times, there’s no doubt in my mind that the future matters more than the past. So why not check this interactive chart depicting future EPS estimates, for Gr. Sarantis?

Are Gr. Sarantis Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

I like company leaders to have some skin in the game, so to speak, because it increases alignment of incentives between the people running the business, and its true owners. So it is good to see that Gr. Sarantis insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock. To be specific, they have €33m worth of shares. That’s a lot of money, and no small incentive to work hard. Those holdings account for over 6.7% of the company; visible skin in the game.

Is Gr. Sarantis Worth Keeping An Eye On?

You can’t deny that Gr. Sarantis has grown its earnings per share at a very impressive rate. That’s attractive. Further, the high level of insider buying impresses me, and suggest that I’m not the only one who appreciates the EPS growth. Fast growth and confident insiders should be enough to warrant further research. So the answer is that I do think this is a good stock to follow along with. Of course, just because Gr. Sarantis is growing does not mean it is undervalued. If you’re wondering about the valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

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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