Should You Be Adding Piaggio & C (BIT:PIA) To Your Watchlist Today?

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It’s only natural that many investors, especially those who are new to the game, prefer to buy shares in ‘sexy’ stocks with a good story, even if those businesses lose money. And in . found that it is ‘quite common’ for investors to lose money by buying into ‘pump and dump’ schemes.

In contrast to all that, I prefer to spend time on companies like Piaggio & C (BIT:PIA), which has not only revenues, but also profits. 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.

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How Fast Is Piaggio & C Growing?

If a company can keep growing earnings per share (EPS) long enough, its share price will eventually follow. That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. I, for one, am blown away by the fact that Piaggio & C has grown EPS by 50% per year, over the last three years. While that sort of growth rate isn’t sustainable for long, it certainly catches my attention; like a glint in the eye of my lover.

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). While we note Piaggio & C’s EBIT margins were flat over the last year, revenue grew by a solid 5.8% to €1.4b. That’s progress.

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

BIT:PIA Income Statement, May 13th 2019
BIT:PIA Income Statement, May 13th 2019

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Are Piaggio & C Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

It makes me feel more secure owning shares in a company, if insiders also own shares, thusly more closely aligning our interests. As a result, I’m encouraged by the fact that insiders own Piaggio & C shares worth a considerable sum. With a whopping €53m worth of shares as a group, insiders have plenty riding on the company’s success. This should keep them focused on creating long term value for shareholders.

Is Piaggio & C Worth Keeping An Eye On?

Piaggio & C’s earnings per share have taken off like a rocket aimed right at the moon. 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 Piaggio & C for a spot on your watchlist. Once you’ve identified a business you like, the next step is to consider what you think it’s worth. And right now is your chance to view our exclusive discounted cashflow valuation of Piaggio & C. You might benefit from giving it a glance today.

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