Investors are often guided by the idea of discovering ‘the next big thing’, even if that means buying ‘story stocks’ without any revenue, let alone profit. Sometimes these stories can cloud the minds of investors, leading them to invest with their emotions rather than on the merit of good company fundamentals. Loss making companies can act like a sponge for capital – so investors should be cautious that they’re not throwing good money after bad.
Despite being in the age of tech-stock blue-sky investing, many investors still adopt a more traditional strategy; buying shares in profitable companies like JH Educational Technology (HKG:1935). Even if this company is fairly valued by the market, investors would agree that generating consistent profits will continue to provide JH Educational Technology with the means to add long-term value to shareholders.
See our latest analysis for JH Educational Technology
JH Educational Technology’s Earnings Per Share Are Growing
Generally, companies experiencing growth in earnings per share (EPS) should see similar trends in share price. That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. JH Educational Technology managed to grow EPS by 16% per year, over three years. That’s a pretty good rate, if the company can sustain it.
Top-line growth is a great indicator that growth is sustainable, and combined with a high earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) margin, it’s a great way for a company to maintain a competitive advantage in the market. The good news is that JH Educational Technology is growing revenues, and EBIT margins improved by 2.1 percentage points to 53%, over the last year. Ticking those two boxes is a good sign of growth, in our book.
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.
While profitability drives the upside, prudent investors always check the balance sheet, too.
Are JH Educational Technology 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 JH Educational Technology will be delighted to know that insiders have shown their belief, holding a large proportion of the company’s shares. To be exact, company insiders hold 75% of the company, so their decisions have a significant impact on their investments. This makes it apparent they will be incentivised to plan for the long term – a positive for shareholders with a sit and hold strategy. And their holding is extremely valuable at the current share price, totalling CN¥4.1b. That level of investment from insiders is nothing to sneeze at.
Is JH Educational Technology Worth Keeping An Eye On?
As previously touched on, JH Educational Technology is a growing business, which is encouraging. If that’s not enough on its own, there is also the rather notable levels of insider ownership. These two factors are a huge highlight for the company which should be a strong contender your watchlists. However, before you get too excited we’ve discovered 1 warning sign for JH Educational Technology that you should be aware of.
The beauty of investing is that you can invest in almost any company you want. But if you prefer to focus on stocks that have demonstrated insider buying, here is a list of companies with insider buying in the last three months.
Please note the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction.
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