Like a puppy chasing its tail, some new investors often chase ‘the next big thing’, even if that means buying ‘story stocks’ without revenue, let alone profit. And in their study titled Who Falls Prey to the Wolf of Wall Street?’ Leuz et. al. found that it is ‘quite common’ for investors to lose money by buying into ‘pump and dump’ schemes.
In contrast to all that, I prefer to spend time on companies like Fubon Financial Holding (TPE:2881), which has not only revenues, but also profits. Even if the shares are fully valued today, most capitalists would recognize its profits as the demonstration of steady value generation. Loss-making companies are always racing against time to reach financial sustainability, but time is often a friend of the profitable company, especially if it is growing.
How Quickly Is Fubon Financial Holding 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). That means EPS growth is considered a real positive by most successful long-term investors. We can see that in the last three years Fubon Financial Holding grew its EPS by 11% per year. That’s a pretty good rate, if the company can sustain it.
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). I note that Fubon Financial Holding’s revenue from operations was lower than its revenue in the last twelve months, so that could distort my analysis of its margins. Fubon Financial Holding shareholders can take confidence from the fact that EBIT margins are up from 9.1% to 22%, and revenue is growing. That’s great to see, on both counts.
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.
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Are Fubon Financial Holding Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
We would not expect to see insiders owning a large percentage of a NT$489b company like Fubon Financial Holding. But we do take comfort from the fact that they are investors in the company. Indeed, they have a glittering mountain of wealth invested in it, currently valued at NT$29b. 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 Fubon Financial Holding Worth Keeping An Eye On?
As I already mentioned, Fubon Financial Holding is a growing business, which is what I like to see. Just as polish makes silverware pop, the high level of insider ownership enhances my enthusiasm for this growth. The combination sparks joy for me, so I’d consider keeping the company on a watchlist. We don’t want to rain on the parade too much, but we did also find 3 warning signs for Fubon Financial Holding (1 is potentially serious!) that you need to be mindful of.
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