Should You Be Adding Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) To Your Watchlist Today?

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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. And in their study titled Who Falls Prey to the Wolf of Wall Street?’ Leuz et. al. found that it is ‘quite common’ for investors to lose money by buying into ‘pump and dump’ schemes.

In contrast to all that, I prefer to spend time on companies like Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A), 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. 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.

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Agilent Technologies’s Earnings Per Share Are Growing.

As one of my mentors once told me, share price follows earnings per share (EPS). That means EPS growth is considered a real positive by most successful long-term investors. It certainly is nice to see that Agilent Technologies has managed to grow EPS by 35% per year over three years. As a general rule, we’d say that if a company can keep up that sort of growth, shareholders will be smiling.

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. Agilent Technologies maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 6.3% to US$5.0b. That’s progress.

NYSE:A Income Statement, July 19th 2019
NYSE:A Income Statement, July 19th 2019

In investing, as in life, the future matters more than the past. So why not check out this free interactive visualization of Agilent Technologies’s forecast profits?

Are Agilent Technologies Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

We would not expect to see insiders owning a large percentage of a US$22b company like Agilent Technologies. But we are reassured by the fact they have invested in the company. With a whopping US$60m worth of shares as a group, insiders have plenty riding on the company’s success. This should keep them focused on creating long term value for shareholders.

Does Agilent Technologies Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

For growth investors like me, Agilent Technologies’s raw rate of earnings growth is a beacon in the night. Further, the high level of insider buying impresses me, and suggests that I’m not the only one who appreciates the EPS growth. So this is very likely the kind of business that I like to spend time researching, with a view to discerning its true value. If you think Agilent Technologies might suit your style as an investor, you could go straight to its annual report, or you could first check our discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation for the company.

Although Agilent Technologies 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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