With EPS Growth And More, Green Dot (NYSE:GDOT) Is Interesting

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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. But as Peter Lynch said in One Up On Wall Street, ‘Long shots almost never pay off.’

In contrast to all that, I prefer to spend time on companies like Green Dot (NYSE:GDOT), which has not only revenues, but also profits. 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.

Check out our latest analysis for Green Dot

How Fast Is Green Dot Growing?

If a company can keep growing earnings per share (EPS) long enough, its share price will eventually follow. That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. I, for one, am blown away by the fact that Green Dot has grown EPS by 46% per year, over the last three years. While that sort of growth rate isn’t sustainable for long, it certainly catches my attention; like a glint in the eye of my lover.

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. While we note Green Dot’s EBIT margins were flat over the last year, revenue grew by a solid 17% to US$1.0b. That’s progress.

The chart below shows how the company’s bottom and top lines have progressed over time. For finer detail, click on the image.

NYSE:GDOT Income Statement, April 30th 2019
NYSE:GDOT Income Statement, April 30th 2019

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

Are Green Dot Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

It makes me feel more secure owning shares in a company, if insiders also own shares, thusly more closely aligning our interests. So it is good to see that Green Dot insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock. Indeed, they have a glittering mountain of wealth invested in it, currently valued at US$256m. This suggests to me that leadership will be very mindful of shareholders’ interests when making decisions!

Should You Add Green Dot To Your Watchlist?

Green Dot’s earnings have taken off like any random crypto-currency did, back in 2017. That EPS growth certainly has my attention, and the large insider ownership only serves to further stoke my interest. At times fast EPS growth is a sign the business has reached an inflection point; and I do like those. So yes, on this short analysis I do think it’s worth considering Green Dot for a spot on your watchlist. Of course, just because Green Dot is growing does not mean it is undervalued. If you’re wondering about the valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Of course, you can do well (sometimes) buying stocks that are not growing earnings and do not have insiders buying shares. But as a growth investor I always like to check out companies that do have those features. You can access 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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