Do COSCO SHIPPING Development's (HKG:2866) Earnings Warrant Your Attention?

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Simply Wall St
Published
July 25, 2021
SEHK:2866
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For beginners, it can seem like a good idea (and an exciting prospect) to buy a company that tells a good story to investors, even if it completely lacks a track record of revenue and profit. But as Warren Buffett has mused, 'If you've been playing poker for half an hour and you still don't know who the patsy is, you're the patsy.' When they buy such story stocks, investors are all too often the patsy.

So if you're like me, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like COSCO SHIPPING Development (HKG:2866). 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.

View our latest analysis for COSCO SHIPPING Development

How Fast Is COSCO SHIPPING Development Growing?

If you believe that markets are even vaguely efficient, then over the long term you'd expect a company's share price to follow its earnings per share (EPS). Therefore, there are plenty of investors who like to buy shares in companies that are growing EPS. As a tree reaches steadily for the sky, COSCO SHIPPING Development's EPS has grown 18% each year, compound, over three years. If the company can sustain that sort of growth, we'd expect shareholders to come away winners.

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. While we note COSCO SHIPPING Development's EBIT margins were flat over the last year, revenue grew by a solid 44% to CN¥21b. That's a real positive.

You can take a look at the company's revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.

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SEHK:2866 Earnings and Revenue History July 26th 2021

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

Are COSCO SHIPPING Development 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. I discovered that the median total compensation for the CEOs of companies like COSCO SHIPPING Development with market caps between CN¥26b and CN¥78b is about CN¥4.0m.

The CEO of COSCO SHIPPING Development only received CN¥1.6m in total compensation for the year ending . That looks like modest pay to me, and may hint at a certain respect for the interests of shareholders. 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.

Should You Add COSCO SHIPPING Development To Your Watchlist?

For growth investors like me, COSCO SHIPPING Development's raw rate of earnings growth is a beacon in the night. With swiftly growing earnings, it probably has its best days ahead, and the modest CEO pay suggests the company is careful with cash. So I'd venture it may well deserve a spot on your watchlist, or even a little further research. It is worth noting though that we have found 4 warning signs for COSCO SHIPPING Development (2 shouldn't be ignored!) that you need to take into consideration.

Although COSCO SHIPPING Development 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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