Here’s Why We Think Zayo Group Holdings (NYSE:ZAYO) Is Well Worth Watching

It’s only natural that many investors, especially those who are new to the game, prefer to buy shares in ‘sexy’ stocks with a good story, even if those businesses lose money. 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 Zayo Group Holdings (NYSE:ZAYO). 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. In comparison, loss making companies act like a sponge for capital – but unlike such a sponge they do not always produce something when squeezed.

See our latest analysis for Zayo Group Holdings

Zayo Group Holdings’s Improving Profits

In the last three years Zayo Group Holdings’s earnings per share took off like a rocket; fast, and from a low base. So the actual rate of growth doesn’t tell us much. As a result, I’ll zoom in on growth over the last year, instead. Like a wedge-tailed eagle on the wind, Zayo Group Holdings’s EPS soared from US$0.35 to US$0.48, in just one year. That’s a impressive gain of 36%.

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. Zayo Group Holdings shareholders can take confidence from the fact that EBIT margins are up from 17% to 19%, and revenue is growing. Ticking those two boxes is a good sign of growth, in my book.

You can take a look at the company’s revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. For finer detail, click on the image.

NYSE:ZAYO Income Statement, April 12th 2019
NYSE:ZAYO Income Statement, April 12th 2019

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

Are Zayo Group Holdings Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

We would not expect to see insiders owning a large percentage of a US$7.2b company like Zayo Group Holdings. But we are reassured by the fact they have invested in the company. Notably, they have an enormous stake in the company, worth US$332m. 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.

Is Zayo Group Holdings Worth Keeping An Eye On?

Given my belief that share price follows earnings per share you can easily imagine how I feel about Zayo Group Holdings’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. Fast growth and confident insiders should be enough to warrant further research. So the answer is that I do think this is a good stock to follow along with. If you think Zayo Group Holdings 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 Zayo Group Holdings 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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