With EPS Growth And More, Vera Synthetic (NSE:VERA) Is Interesting

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. Unfortunately, high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson.

If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Vera Synthetic (NSE:VERA). Now, I’m not saying that the stock is necessarily undervalued today; but I can’t shake an appreciation for the profitability of the business itself. 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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How Fast Is Vera Synthetic Growing Its Earnings Per Share?

In a capitalist society capital chases profits, and that means share prices tend rise with 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 Vera Synthetic’s EPS went from ₹2.06 to ₹7.34 in just one year. When you see earnings grow that quickly, it often means good things ahead for the company.

I like to see top-line growth as an indication that growth is sustainable, and I look for a high earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) margin to point to a competitive moat (though some companies with low margins also have moats). The good news is that Vera Synthetic is growing revenues, and EBIT margins improved by 3.9 percentage points to 12%, over the last year. 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.

NSEI:VERA Income Statement, April 12th 2019
NSEI:VERA Income Statement, April 12th 2019

Vera Synthetic isn’t a huge company, given its market capitalization of ₹489m. That makes it extra important to check on its balance sheet strength.

Are Vera Synthetic 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 we’re pleased to report that Vera Synthetic insiders own a meaningful share of the business. Indeed, with a collective holding of 73%, company insiders are in control and have plenty of capital behind the venture. This makes me think they will be incentivised to plan for the long term – something I like to see. Of course, Vera Synthetic is a very small company, with a market cap of only ₹489m. That means insiders only have ₹357m worth of shares, despite the large proportional holding. That’s not a huge stake in absolute terms, but it should help keep insiders aligned with other shareholders.

Is Vera Synthetic Worth Keeping An Eye On?

Vera Synthetic’s earnings per share growth has been so hot recently that thinking about it is making me blush. That sort of growth is nothing short of eye-catching, and the large investment held by insiders certainly brightens my view of the company. 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 Vera Synthetic for a spot on your watchlist. While we’ve looked at the quality of the earnings, we haven’t yet done any work to value the stock. So if you like to buy cheap, you may want to check if Vera Synthetic is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

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