Is Now The Time To Put Aurskogrebank (OB:AURG) On Your Watchlist?

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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. 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.

So if you’re like me, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like Aurskogrebank (OB:AURG). While profit is not necessarily a social good, it’s easy to admire a business than 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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How Fast Is Aurskogrebank Growing?

As one of my mentors once told me, share price follows earnings per share (EPS). Therefore, there are plenty of investors who like to buy shares in companies that are growing EPS. Aurskogrebank managed to grow EPS by 11% per year, over three years. That growth rate is fairly good, assuming the company can keep it up.

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). I note that Aurskogrebank’s revenue from operations was lower than its revenue in the last twelve months, so that could distort my analysis of its margins. Aurskogrebank maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 5.2% to øre222m. 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.

OB:AURG Income Statement, June 14th 2019
OB:AURG Income Statement, June 14th 2019

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Are Aurskogrebank 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. As a result, I’m encouraged by the fact that insiders own Aurskogrebank shares worth a considerable sum. Indeed, they hold øre126m worth of its stock. That’s a lot of money, and no small incentive to work hard. Those holdings account for over 27% of the company; visible skin in the game.

Should You Add Aurskogrebank To Your Watchlist?

As I already mentioned, Aurskogrebank is a growing business, which is what I like to see. Just as polish makes silverware pop, the high level of insider ownership enhances my enthusiasm for this growth. That combination appeals to me, for one. So yes, I do think the stock is worth keeping an eye on. 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 Aurskogrebank is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

You can invest in any company you want. But if you prefer to focus on stocks that have demonstrated insider buying, here is a list of companies with insider buying in the last three months.

Please note the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction

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