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 currently lacks a track record of revenue and profit. But the reality is that when a company loses money each year, for long enough, its investors will usually take their share of those losses. Loss-making companies are always racing against time to reach financial sustainability, so investors in these companies may be taking on more risk than they should.
So if this idea of high risk and high reward doesn’t suit, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology (ETR:PFV). Now this is not to say that the company presents the best investment opportunity around, but profitability is a key component to success in business.
How Quickly Is Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology Increasing Earnings Per Share?
The market is a voting machine in the short term, but a weighing machine in the long term, so you’d expect share price to follow earnings per share (EPS) outcomes eventually. Therefore, there are plenty of investors who like to buy shares in companies that are growing EPS. We can see that in the last three years Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology grew its EPS by 12% per year. That growth rate is fairly good, assuming the company can keep it up.
One way to double-check a company’s growth is to look at how its revenue, and earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) margins are changing. The music to the ears of Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology shareholders is that EBIT margins have grown from 12% to 15% in the last 12 months and revenues are on an upwards trend as well. 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. For finer detail, click on the image.
Fortunately, we’ve got access to analyst forecasts of Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology’s future profits. You can do your own forecasts without looking, or you can take a peek at what the professionals are predicting.
Are Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
As a general rule, it’s worth considering how much the CEO is paid, since unreasonably high rates could be considered against the interests of shareholders. For companies with market capitalisations between €965m and €3.1b, like Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology, the median CEO pay is around €1.6m.
The Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology CEO received €824k in compensation for the year ending December 2021. That is actually below the median for CEO’s of similarly sized companies. 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 a culture of integrity, in a broader sense.
Is Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology Worth Keeping An Eye On?
As previously touched on, Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology is a growing business, which is encouraging. Not only that, but the CEO is paid quite reasonably, which should prompt investors to feel more trusting of the board of directors. So based on its merits, the stock deserves further research, if not an addition to your watchlist. Still, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we’ve spotted with Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology (including 1 which is a bit concerning).
There’s always the possibility of doing well buying stocks that are not growing earnings and do not have insiders buying shares. But for those who consider these important metrics, we encourage you to check out companies that do have those features. You can access a free list of them here.
Please note the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction.
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