Do COSCO SHIPPING Holdings's (HKG:1919) Earnings Warrant Your Attention?

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 19, 2021
SEHK:1919
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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. And in their study titled Who Falls Prey to the Wolf of Wall Street?' Leuz et. al. found that it is 'quite common' for investors to lose money by buying into 'pump and dump' schemes.

So if you're like me, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like COSCO SHIPPING Holdings (HKG:1919). While that doesn't make the shares worth buying at any price, you can't deny that successful capitalism requires profit, eventually. While a well funded company may sustain losses for years, unless its owners have an endless appetite for subsidizing the customer, it will need to generate a profit eventually, or else breathe its last breath.

Check out our latest analysis for COSCO SHIPPING Holdings

How Quickly Is COSCO SHIPPING Holdings Increasing Earnings Per Share?

The market is a voting machine in the short term, but a weighing machine in the long term, so share price follows earnings per share (EPS) eventually. That means EPS growth is considered a real positive by most successful long-term investors. I, for one, am blown away by the fact that COSCO SHIPPING Holdings has grown EPS by 46% per year, over the last three years. That sort of growth never lasts long, but like a shooting star it is well worth watching when it happens.

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. COSCO SHIPPING Holdings shareholders can take confidence from the fact that EBIT margins are up from 4.2% to 8.1%, and revenue is growing. That's great to see, on both counts.

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.

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SEHK:1919 Earnings and Revenue History March 20th 2021

Fortunately, we've got access to analyst forecasts of COSCO SHIPPING Holdings's future profits. You can do your own forecasts without looking, or you can take a peek at what the professionals are predicting.

Are COSCO SHIPPING Holdings Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

As a general rule, I think it worth considering how much the CEO is paid, since unreasonably high rates could be considered against the interests of shareholders. For companies with market capitalizations over CN¥52b, like COSCO SHIPPING Holdings, the median CEO pay is around CN¥5.5m.

The CEO of COSCO SHIPPING Holdings only received CN¥1.0m in total compensation for the year ending . That's clearly well below average, so at a glance, that arrangement seems generous to shareholders, and points to a modest remuneration culture. 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 good governance, more generally.

Does COSCO SHIPPING Holdings Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

COSCO SHIPPING Holdings's earnings have taken off like any random crypto-currency did, back in 2017. Such fast EPS growth makes me wonder if the business has hit an inflection point (and I mean the good kind.) Meanwhile, the very reasonable CEO pay reassures me a little, since it points to an absence profligacy. So COSCO SHIPPING Holdings looks like it could be a good quality growth stock, at first glance. That's worth watching. Before you take the next step you should know about the 2 warning signs for COSCO SHIPPING Holdings that we have uncovered.

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