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Is Now The Time To Put Hillenbrand (NYSE:HI) On Your Watchlist?

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For beginners, it can seem like a good idea (and an exciting prospect) to buy a company that tells a good story to investors, even if it currently lacks a track record of revenue and profit. Unfortunately, these high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson. While a well funded company may sustain losses for years, it will need to generate a profit eventually, or else investors will move on and the company will wither away.

Despite being in the age of tech-stock blue-sky investing, many investors still adopt a more traditional strategy; buying shares in profitable companies like Hillenbrand (NYSE:HI). While this doesn't necessarily speak to whether it's undervalued, the profitability of the business is enough to warrant some appreciation - especially if its growing.

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How Fast Is Hillenbrand Growing?

Generally, companies experiencing growth in earnings per share (EPS) should see similar trends in share price. That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. Shareholders will be happy to know that Hillenbrand's EPS has grown 30% each year, compound, over three years. As a general rule, we'd say that if a company can keep up that sort of growth, shareholders will be beaming.

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. EBIT margins for Hillenbrand remained fairly unchanged over the last year, however the company should be pleased to report its revenue growth for the period of 11% to US$3.0b. That's encouraging news for the company!

You can take a look at the company's revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. For finer detail, click on the image.

NYSE:HI Earnings and Revenue History March 16th 2023

The trick, as an investor, is to find companies that are going to perform well in the future, not just in the past. While crystal balls don't exist, you can check our visualization of consensus analyst forecasts for Hillenbrand's future EPS 100% free.

Are Hillenbrand Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

Investors are always searching for a vote of confidence in the companies they hold and insider buying is one of the key indicators for optimism on the market. 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.

First things first, there weren't any reports of insiders selling shares in Hillenbrand in the last 12 months. But the really good news is that CFO & Senior VP Robert VanHimbergen spent US$264k buying stock, at an average price of around US$44.00. Big buys like that may signal an opportunity; actions speak louder than words.

Along with the insider buying, another encouraging sign for Hillenbrand is that insiders, as a group, have a considerable shareholding. To be specific, they have US$27m worth of shares. This considerable investment should help drive long-term value in the business. While their ownership only accounts for 0.9%, this is still a considerable amount at stake to encourage the business to maintain a strategy that will deliver value to shareholders.

Shareholders have more to smile about than just insiders adding more shares to their already sizeable holdings. The cherry on top is that the CEO, Kim Ryan is paid comparatively modestly to CEOs at similar sized companies. For companies with market capitalisations between US$2.0b and US$6.4b, like Hillenbrand, the median CEO pay is around US$6.7m.

Hillenbrand offered total compensation worth US$5.0m to its CEO in the year to September 2022. That is actually below the median for CEO's of similarly sized companies. CEO remuneration levels are not the most important metric for investors, but when the pay is modest, that does support enhanced alignment between the CEO and the ordinary shareholders. Generally, arguments can be made that reasonable pay levels attest to good decision-making.

Should You Add Hillenbrand To Your Watchlist?

If you believe that share price follows earnings per share you should definitely be delving further into Hillenbrand's strong EPS growth. On top of that, insiders own a significant piece of the pie when it comes to the company's stock, and one has been buying more. Astute investors will want to keep this stock on watch. You still need to take note of risks, for example - Hillenbrand has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.

Keen growth investors love to see insider buying. Thankfully, Hillenbrand 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.

What are the risks and opportunities for Hillenbrand?

Hillenbrand, Inc. operates as a diversified industrial company in the United States and internationally.

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  • Price-To-Earnings ratio (15.1x) is below the Machinery industry average (21.7x)

  • Earnings are forecast to grow 8.89% per year

  • Earnings have grown 20.8% per year over the past 5 years


  • Debt is not well covered by operating cash flow

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