Is Now The Time To Put Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) On Your Watchlist?

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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. Unfortunately, high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson.

In contrast to all that, I prefer to spend time on companies like Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), which has not only revenues, but also profits. While profit is not necessarily a social good, it’s easy to admire a business than can consistently produce it. In comparison, loss making companies act like a sponge for capital – but unlike such a sponge they do not always produce something when squeezed.

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How Fast Is Advanced Micro Devices Growing Its Earnings Per Share?

In business, though not in life, profits are a key measure of success; and share prices tend to reflect earnings per share (EPS). So like the hint of a smile on a face that I love, growing EPS generally makes me look twice. It is therefore awe-striking that Advanced Micro Devices’s EPS went from US$0.083 to US$0.27 in just one year. Even though that growth rate is unlikely to be repeated, that looks like a breakout improvement.

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). Advanced Micro Devices shareholders can take confidence from the fact that EBIT margins are up from 4.1% to 6.8%, and revenue is growing. 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. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.

NasdaqGS:AMD Income Statement, May 28th 2019
NasdaqGS:AMD Income Statement, May 28th 2019

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

Are Advanced Micro Devices Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

Since Advanced Micro Devices has a market capitalization of US$29b, 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 have a glittering mountain of wealth invested in it, currently valued at US$202m. I would find that kind of skin in the game quite encouraging, if I owned shares, since it would ensure that the leaders of the company would also experience my success, or failure, with the stock.

Does Advanced Micro Devices Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

Advanced Micro Devices’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. The hope is, of course, that the strong growth marks a fundamental improvement in the business economics. So to my mind Advanced Micro Devices is worth putting on your watchlist; after all, shareholders do well when the market underestimates fast growing companies. If you think Advanced Micro Devices 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.

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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