Here’s Why I Think New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE:EDU) Is An Interesting Stock

Like a puppy chasing its tail, some new investors often chase ‘the next big thing’, even if that means buying ‘story stocks’ without revenue, let alone profit. 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.

If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE:EDU). 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. Conversely, a loss-making company is yet to prove itself with profit, and eventually the sweet milk of external capital may run sour.

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How Quickly Is New Oriental Education & Technology Group Increasing Earnings Per Share?

If you believe that markets are even vaguely efficient, then over the long term you’d expect a company’s share price to follow its earnings per share (EPS). Therefore, there are plenty of investors who like to buy shares in companies that are growing EPS. As a tree reaches steadily for the sky, New Oriental Education & Technology Group’s EPS has grown 19% each year, compound, over three years. If the company can sustain that sort of growth, we’d expect shareholders to come away winners.

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). The good news is that New Oriental Education & Technology Group is growing revenues, and EBIT margins improved by 3.1 percentage points to 13%, over the last year. That’s great to see, on both counts.

In the chart below, you can see how the company has grown earnings, and revenue, over time. For finer detail, click on the image.

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NYSE:EDU Earnings and Revenue History July 29th 2020

Fortunately, we’ve got access to analyst forecasts of New Oriental Education & Technology Group’s future profits. You can do your own forecasts without looking, or you can take a peek at what the professionals are predicting.

Are New Oriental Education & Technology Group Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

We would not expect to see insiders owning a large percentage of a US$21b company like New Oriental Education & Technology Group. But we are reassured by the fact they have invested in the company. Indeed, they have a glittering mountain of wealth invested in it, currently valued at US$2.7b. Coming in at 13% of the business, that holding gives insiders a lot of influence, and plenty of reason to generate value for shareholders. Very encouraging.

Should You Add New Oriental Education & Technology Group To Your Watchlist?

You can’t deny that New Oriental Education & Technology Group has grown its earnings per share at a very impressive rate. That’s attractive. I think that EPS growth is something to boast of, and it doesn’t surprise me that insiders are holding on to a considerable chunk of shares. So this is very likely the kind of business that I like to spend time researching, with a view to discerning its true value. 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 New Oriental Education & Technology Group. You might benefit from giving it a glance today.

Although New Oriental Education & Technology Group certainly looks good to me, I would like it more if insiders were buying up shares. If you like to see insider buying, too, then this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying, could be exactly what you’re looking for.

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

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