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 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 REDtone Digital Berhad (KLSE:REDTONE). While that doesn't make the shares worth buying at any price, you can't deny that successful capitalism requires profit, eventually. Loss-making companies are always racing against time to reach financial sustainability, but time is often a friend of the profitable company, especially if it is growing.
How Fast Is REDtone Digital Berhad Growing?
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. It's no surprise, then, that I like to invest in companies with EPS growth. Who among us would not applaud REDtone Digital Berhad's stratospheric annual EPS growth of 55%, compound, over the last three years? While that sort of growth rate isn't sustainable for long, it certainly catches my attention; like a crow with a sparkly stone.
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 REDtone Digital Berhad's EBIT margins are down, it's not all bad news as revenues are, at least, stable. Does that sound particularly bullish? No, it does not.
You can take a look at the company's revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.
Since REDtone Digital Berhad is no giant, with a market capitalization of RM402m, so you should definitely check its cash and debt before getting too excited about its prospects.
Are REDtone Digital Berhad Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
I like company leaders to have some skin in the game, so to speak, because it increases alignment of incentives between the people running the business, and its true owners. So it is good to see that REDtone Digital Berhad insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock. To be specific, they have RM89m worth of shares. That shows significant buy-in, and may indicate conviction in the business strategy. That amounts to 22% of the company, demonstrating a degree of high-level alignment with shareholders.
Is REDtone Digital Berhad Worth Keeping An Eye On?
REDtone Digital Berhad's earnings have taken off like any random crypto-currency did, back in 2017. 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 to my mind REDtone Digital Berhad is worth putting on your watchlist; after all, shareholders do well when the market underestimates fast growing companies. Even so, be aware that REDtone Digital Berhad is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about...
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