Some have more dollars than sense, they say, so even companies that have no revenue, no profit, and a record of falling short, can easily find investors. And in . 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 Sandnesrebank (OB:SADG). 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. While a well funded company may sustain losses for years, unless its owners have an endless appetite for subsidizing the customer, it will need to generate a profit eventually, or else breathe its last breath.
Sandnesrebank’s Improving Profits
Over the last three years, Sandnesrebank has grown earnings per share (EPS) like bamboo after rain; fast, and from a low base. So I don’t think the percent growth rate is particularly meaningful. Thus, it makes sense to focus on more recent growth rates, instead. Sandnesrebank boosted its trailing twelve month EPS from øre5.59 to øre6.93, in the last year. I doubt many would complain about that 24% gain.
Careful consideration of revenue growth and earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) margins can help inform a view on the sustainability of the recent profit growth. I note that Sandnesrebank’s revenue from operations was lower than its revenue in the last twelve months, so that could distort my analysis of its margins. While we note Sandnesrebank’s EBIT margins were flat over the last year, revenue grew by a solid 6.9% to øre561m. That’s a real positive.
The chart below shows how the company’s bottom and top lines have progressed over time. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.
Of course the knack is to find stocks that have their best days in the future, not in the past. You could base your opinion on past performance, of course, but you may also want to check this interactive graph of professional analyst EPS forecasts for Sandnesrebank.
Are Sandnesrebank Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
Like that fresh smell in the air when the rains are coming, insider buying fills me with optimistic anticipation. That’s because insider buying often indicates that those closest to the company have confidence that the share price will perform well. However, small purchases are not always indicative of conviction, and insiders don’t always get it right.
Not only did Sandnesrebank insiders refrain from selling stock during the year, but they also spent øre1.4m buying it. That puts the company in a nice light, as it makes me think its leaders are feeling confident. Zooming in, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by CFO & Co-Director Tomas Middelthon for øre247k worth of shares, at about øre49.40 per share.
Is Sandnesrebank Worth Keeping An Eye On?
One important encouraging feature of Sandnesrebank is that it is growing profits. While some companies are struggling to grow EPS, Sandnesrebank seems free from that morose affliction. The gravy on the mushroom pie is the insider buying, which has me tasting potential opportunity; one for the watchlist, I’d posit. Now, you could try to make up your mind on Sandnesrebank by focusing on just these factors, or you could also consider how its price-to-earnings ratio compares to other companies in its industry.
As a growth investor I do like to see insider buying. But Sandnesrebank isn’t the only one. You can see a a free list of them here.Please note the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction
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