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.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.
So if you're like me, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals (NSE:CROMPTON). 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.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.
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The market is a voting machine in the short term, but a weighing machine in the long term, so share price follows earnings per share (EPS) eventually.That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company.Impressively, Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals has grown EPS by 21% per year, compound, in the last three years.If the company can sustain that sort of growth, we'd expect shareholders to come away winners.
I like to take a look at earnings before interest and (EBIT) tax margins, as well as revenue growth, to get another take on the quality of the company's growth. While we note Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals's EBIT margins were flat over the last year, revenue grew by a solid 25% to ₹54b.That's progress.
In the chart below, you can see how the company has grown earnings, and revenue, over time.To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.
You don't drive with your eyes on the rear-view mirror, so you might be more interested in this free report showing analyst forecasts for Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals's future profits.
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 between ₹152b and ₹486b, like Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals, the median CEO pay is around ₹43m.
The Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals CEO received ₹37m in compensation for the year ending .That comes in below the average for similar sized companies, and seems pretty reasonable to me.While the level of CEO compensation isn't a huge factor in my view of the company, modest remuneration is a positive, because it suggests that the board keeps shareholder interests in mind.I'd also argue reasonable pay levels attest to good decision making more generally.
You can't deny that Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals has grown its earnings per share at a very impressive rate. That's attractive.The fast growth bodes well while the very reasonable CEO pay assists builds some confidence in the board.So I'd argue this is the kind of stock worth watching, even if it isn't great value today.Even so, be aware thatCrompton Greaves Consumer Electricals is showing2 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about...
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