Should You Be Adding Precot (NSE:PRECOT) To Your Watchlist Today?

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 12, 2022
NSEI:PRECOT
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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 the reality is that when a company loses money each year, for long enough, its investors will usually take their share of those losses.

In contrast to all that, I prefer to spend time on companies like Precot (NSE:PRECOT), which has not only revenues, but also profits. While profit is not necessarily a social good, it's easy to admire a business that can consistently produce it. In comparison, loss making companies act like a sponge for capital - but unlike such a sponge they do not always produce something when squeezed.

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Precot's Improving Profits

In business, though not in life, profits are a key measure of success; and share prices tend to reflect earnings per share (EPS). So like a ray of sunshine through a gap in the clouds, improving EPS is considered a good sign. It is therefore awe-striking that Precot's EPS went from ₹2.58 to ₹91.86 in just one year. When you see earnings grow that quickly, it often means good things ahead for the company. Could this be a sign that the business has reached an inflection point?

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. Precot shareholders can take confidence from the fact that EBIT margins are up from 5.6% to 17%, and revenue is growing. Ticking those two boxes is a good sign of growth, in my book.

In the chart below, you can see how the company has grown earnings, and revenue, over time. For finer detail, click on the image.

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NSEI:PRECOT Earnings and Revenue History May 12th 2022

Since Precot is no giant, with a market capitalization of ₹2.9b, so you should definitely check its cash and debt before getting too excited about its prospects.

Are Precot Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

Many consider high insider ownership to be a strong sign of alignment between the leaders of a company and the ordinary shareholders. So as you can imagine, the fact that Precot insiders own a significant number of shares certainly appeals to me. In fact, they own 67% of the company, so they will share in the same delights and challenges experienced by the ordinary shareholders. This makes me think they will be incentivised to plan for the long term - something I like to see. In terms of absolute value, insiders have ₹1.9b invested in the business, using the current share price. That should be more than enough to keep them focussed on creating shareholder value!

Does Precot Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

Precot's earnings have taken off like any random crypto-currency did, back in 2017. That EPS growth certainly has my attention, and the large insider ownership only serves to further stoke my interest. At times fast EPS growth is a sign the business has reached an inflection point; and I do like those. So yes, on this short analysis I do think it's worth considering Precot for a spot on your watchlist. Before you take the next step you should know about the 3 warning signs for Precot (1 is a bit concerning!) that we have uncovered.

Although Precot 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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