If You Like EPS Growth Then Check Out AH-Vest (JSE:AHL) Before It's Too Late

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 10, 2021
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For beginners, it can seem like a good idea (and an exciting prospect) to buy a company that tells a good story to investors, even if it completely lacks a track record of revenue and profit. Unfortunately, high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson.

If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in AH-Vest (JSE:AHL). While profit is not necessarily a social good, it's easy to admire a business that 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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How Quickly Is AH-Vest Increasing Earnings Per Share?

If you believe that markets are even vaguely efficient, then over the long term you'd expect a company's share price to follow its earnings per share (EPS). Therefore, there are plenty of investors who like to buy shares in companies that are growing EPS. Who among us would not applaud AH-Vest's stratospheric annual EPS growth of 54%, compound, over the last three years? That sort of growth never lasts long, but like a shooting star it is well worth watching when it happens.

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). AH-Vest maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 10% to R196m. That's progress.

The chart below shows how the company's bottom and top lines have progressed over time. For finer detail, click on the image.

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JSE:AHL Earnings and Revenue History August 11th 2021

Since AH-Vest is no giant, with a market capitalization of R51m, so you should definitely check its cash and debt before getting too excited about its prospects.

Are AH-Vest Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

As a general rule, I think it worth considering how much the CEO is paid, since unreasonably high rates could be considered against the interests of shareholders. For companies with market capitalizations under R3.0b, like AH-Vest, the median CEO pay is around R4.3m.

The AH-Vest CEO received total compensation of only R345k in the year to . You could consider this pay as somewhat symbolic, which suggests the CEO does not need a lot of compensation to stay motivated. CEO remuneration levels are not the most important metric for investors, but when the pay is modest, that does support enhanced alignment between the CEO and the ordinary shareholders. It can also be a sign of good governance, more generally.

Does AH-Vest Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

AH-Vest's earnings per share have taken off like a rocket aimed right at the moon. With rocketing profits, its seems likely the business has a rosy future; and it may have hit an inflection point. Meanwhile, the very reasonable CEO pay reassures me a little, since it points to an absence profligacy. While I couldn't be sure without a deeper dive, it does seem that AH-Vest has the hallmarks of a quality business; and that would make it well worth watching. We don't want to rain on the parade too much, but we did also find 2 warning signs for AH-Vest (1 is significant!) that you need to be mindful of.

Although AH-Vest 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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