I Built A List Of Growing Companies And Northeast Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBN) Made The Cut

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 as Warren Buffett has mused, ‘If you’ve been playing poker for half an hour and you still don’t know who the patsy is, you’re the patsy.’ When they buy such story stocks, investors are all too often the patsy.

If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Northeast Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBN). 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.

View our latest analysis for Northeast Bancorp

How Quickly Is Northeast Bancorp Increasing Earnings Per Share?

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. That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. Impressively, Northeast Bancorp has grown EPS by 37% per year, compound, in the last three years. As a general rule, we’d say that if a company can keep up that sort of growth, shareholders will be smiling.

One way to double-check a company’s growth is to look at how its revenue, and earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) margins are changing. Not all of Northeast Bancorp’s revenue this year is revenue from operations, so keep in mind the revenue and margin numbers I’ve used might not be the best representation of the underlying business. Northeast Bancorp maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 7.5% to US$63m. That’s progress.

In the chart below, you can see how the company has grown earnings, and revenue, over time. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.

NasdaqGM:NBN Income Statement, April 23rd 2019
NasdaqGM:NBN Income Statement, April 23rd 2019

Northeast Bancorp isn’t a huge company, given its market capitalization of US$195m. That makes it extra important to check on its balance sheet strength.

Are Northeast Bancorp 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. Of course, we can never be sure what insiders are thinking, we can only judge their actions.

Despite -US$73.1k worth of sales, Northeast Bancorp insiders have overwhelmingly been buying the stock, spending US$436k on purchases in the last twelve months. On balance, to me, this signals their optimism. Zooming in, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by President Richard Wayne for US$222k worth of shares, at about US$22.20 per share.

Is Northeast Bancorp Worth Keeping An Eye On?

You can’t deny that Northeast Bancorp has grown its earnings per share at a very impressive rate. That’s attractive. Not only is that growth rate rather juicy, but the insider buying makes my mouth water. To put it succinctly; Northeast Bancorp is a strong candidate for 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 Northeast Bancorp. You might benefit from giving it a glance today.

The good news is that Northeast Bancorp is not the only growth stock with insider buying. Here’s a a list of them… 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

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.