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Do MSTC's (NSE:MSTCLTD) Earnings Warrant Your Attention?

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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 currently lacks a track record of revenue and profit. 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.

Despite being in the age of tech-stock blue-sky investing, many investors still adopt a more traditional strategy; buying shares in profitable companies like MSTC (NSE:MSTCLTD). Even if this company is fairly valued by the market, investors would agree that generating consistent profits will continue to provide MSTC with the means to add long-term value to shareholders.

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How Fast Is MSTC Growing?

Generally, companies experiencing growth in earnings per share (EPS) should see similar trends in share price. That means EPS growth is considered a real positive by most successful long-term investors. It certainly is nice to see that MSTC has managed to grow EPS by 32% per year over three years. If the company can sustain that sort of growth, we'd expect shareholders to come away satisfied.

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. MSTC's EBIT margins have actually improved by 14.4 percentage points in the last year, to reach 36%, but, on the flip side, revenue was down 27%. That falls short of ideal.

You can take a look at the company's revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.

NSEI:MSTCLTD Earnings and Revenue History March 17th 2023

Since MSTC is no giant, with a market capitalisation of ₹18b, you should definitely check its cash and debt before getting too excited about its prospects.

Are MSTC Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

As a general rule, it's worth considering how much the CEO is paid, since unreasonably high rates could be considered against the interests of shareholders. The median total compensation for CEOs of companies similar in size to MSTC, with market caps between ₹8.3b and ₹33b, is around ₹18m.

MSTC's CEO took home a total compensation package of ₹6.6m in the year prior to March 2022. First impressions seem to indicate a compensation policy that is favourable to shareholders. 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 a culture of integrity, in a broader sense.

Does MSTC Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

You can't deny that MSTC has grown its earnings per share at a very impressive rate. That's attractive. The fast growth bodes well while the very reasonable CEO pay assists builds some confidence in the board. We think that based on its merits alone, this stock is worth watching into the future. Before you take the next step you should know about the 1 warning sign for MSTC that we have uncovered.

There's always the possibility of doing well buying stocks that are not growing earnings and do not have insiders buying shares. But for those who consider these important metrics, we encourage you 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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