Do Jones Lang LaSalle’s (NYSE:JLL) Earnings Warrant Your Attention?

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.

If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL). While profit is not necessarily a social good, it’s easy to admire a business than can consistently produce it. 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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Jones Lang LaSalle’s Improving Profits

Even with very modest growth rates, a company will usually do well if it improves earnings per share (EPS) year after year. So it’s no surprise that some investors are more inclined to invest in profitable businesses. Like a wedge-tailed eagle on the wind, Jones Lang LaSalle’s EPS soared from US$6.81 to US$10.21, in just one year. That’s a commendable gain of 50%.

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). Jones Lang LaSalle maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 11% to US$9.2b. That’s progress.

The chart below shows how the company’s bottom and top lines have progressed over time. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.

NYSE:JLL Income Statement, May 18th 2019
NYSE:JLL Income Statement, May 18th 2019

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

Are Jones Lang LaSalle Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

Since Jones Lang LaSalle has a market capitalization of US$6.2b, we wouldn’t expect insiders to hold a large percentage of shares. But we do take comfort from the fact that they are investors in the company. Indeed, they hold US$42m worth of its stock. That’s a lot of money, and no small incentive to work hard. Even though that’s only about 0.7% of the company, it’s enough money to indicate alignment between the leaders of the business and ordinary shareholders.

Does Jones Lang LaSalle Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

Given my belief that share price follows earnings per share you can easily imagine how I feel about Jones Lang LaSalle’s strong EPS growth. 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 Jones Lang LaSalle. You might benefit from giving it a glance today.

Although Jones Lang LaSalle 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.

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