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. But as Peter Lynch said in One Up On Wall Street, ‘Long shots almost never pay off.’
In contrast to all that, I prefer to spend time on companies like BII Railway Transportation Technology Holdings (HKG:1522), which has not only revenues, but also profits. 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.
BII Railway Transportation Technology Holdings’s Improving Profits
In a capitalist society capital chases profits, and that means share prices tend rise with earnings per share (EPS). So like the hint of a smile on a face that I love, growing EPS generally makes me look twice. You can imagine, then, that it almost knocked my socks off when I realized that BII Railway Transportation Technology Holdings grew its EPS from HK$0.033 to HK$0.10, in one short year. When you see earnings grow that quickly, it often means good things ahead for the company. Could this be a sign that the business has reached an inflection point?
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. The good news is that BII Railway Transportation Technology Holdings is growing revenues, and EBIT margins improved by 4.9 percentage points to 13%, over the last year. That’s great to see, on both counts.
You can take a look at the company’s revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.
BII Railway Transportation Technology Holdings isn’t a huge company, given its market capitalization of HK$1.1b. That makes it extra important to check on its balance sheet strength.
Are BII Railway Transportation Technology Holdings Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
It makes me feel more secure owning shares in a company if insiders also own shares, thusly more closely aligning our interests. As a result, I’m encouraged by the fact that insiders own BII Railway Transportation Technology Holdings shares worth a considerable sum. Indeed, they hold HK$132m worth of its stock. That shows significant buy-in, and may indicate conviction in the business strategy. That amounts to 12% of the company, demonstrating a degree of high-level alignment with shareholders.
Does BII Railway Transportation Technology Holdings Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?
BII Railway Transportation Technology Holdings’s earnings per share growth have been levitating higher, like a mountain goat scaling the Alps. That EPS growth certainly has my attention, and the large insider ownership only serves to further stoke my interest. At times fast EPS growth is a sign the business has reached an inflection point; and I do like those. So to my mind BII Railway Transportation Technology Holdings is worth putting on your watchlist; after all, shareholders do well when the market underestimates fast growing companies. You still need to take note of risks, for example – BII Railway Transportation Technology Holdings has 3 warning signs we think you should be aware of.
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