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With EPS Growth And More, ZTO Express (Cayman) (NYSE:ZTO) Makes An Interesting Case
The excitement of investing in a company that can reverse its fortunes is a big draw for some speculators, so even companies that have no revenue, no profit, and a record of falling short, can manage to find investors. But as Peter Lynch said in One Up On Wall Street, 'Long shots almost never pay off.' While a well funded company may sustain losses for years, it will need to generate a profit eventually, or else investors will move on and the company will wither away.
So if this idea of high risk and high reward doesn't suit, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like ZTO Express (Cayman) (NYSE:ZTO). While this doesn't necessarily speak to whether it's undervalued, the profitability of the business is enough to warrant some appreciation - especially if its growing.
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How Quickly Is ZTO Express (Cayman) Increasing Earnings Per Share?
The market is a voting machine in the short term, but a weighing machine in the long term, so you'd expect share price to follow earnings per share (EPS) outcomes eventually. That means EPS growth is considered a real positive by most successful long-term investors. We can see that in the last three years ZTO Express (Cayman) grew its EPS by 5.2% per year. That might not be particularly high growth, but it does show that per-share earnings are moving steadily in the right direction.
One way to double-check a company's growth is to look at how its revenue, and earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) margins are changing. The good news is that ZTO Express (Cayman) is growing revenues, and EBIT margins improved by 3.8 percentage points to 22%, over the last year. Both of which are great metrics to check off for potential growth.
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.
Fortunately, we've got access to analyst forecasts of ZTO Express (Cayman)'s future profits. You can do your own forecasts without looking, or you can take a peek at what the professionals are predicting.
Are ZTO Express (Cayman) Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
Seeing insiders owning a large portion of the shares on issue is often a good sign. Their incentives will be aligned with the investors and there's less of a probability in a sudden sell-off that would impact the share price. So those who are interested in ZTO Express (Cayman) will be delighted to know that insiders have shown their belief, holding a large proportion of the company's shares. In fact, they own 40% of the shares, making insiders a very influential shareholder group. Those who are comforted by solid insider ownership like this should be happy, as it implies that those running the business are genuinely motivated to create shareholder value. At the current share price, that insider holding is worth a staggering CN¥9.2b. This is an incredible endorsement from them.
Does ZTO Express (Cayman) Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?
One positive for ZTO Express (Cayman) is that it is growing EPS. That's nice to see. To add an extra spark to the fire, significant insider ownership in the company is another highlight. These two factors are a huge highlight for the company which should be a strong contender your watchlists. 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 ZTO Express (Cayman). You might benefit from giving it a glance today.
Although ZTO Express (Cayman) certainly looks good, it may appeal to more investors if insiders were buying up shares. If you like to see insider buying, then this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying, could be exactly what you're looking for.
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ZTO Express (Cayman)
ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc. provides express delivery and other value-added logistics services in the People's Republic of China.
Solid track record with excellent balance sheet.