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. Unfortunately, these high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson. While a well funded company may sustain losses for years, it will need to generate a profit eventually, or else investors will move on and the company will wither away.
If this kind of company isn't your style, you like companies that generate revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in IOI Properties Group Berhad (KLSE:IOIPG). While profit isn't the sole metric that should be considered when investing, it's worth recognising businesses that can consistently produce it.
See our latest analysis for IOI Properties Group Berhad
How Fast Is IOI Properties Group Berhad Growing?
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) outcomes. That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. We can see that in the last three years IOI Properties Group Berhad grew its EPS by 16% per year. That's a good rate of growth, if it can be sustained.
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. IOI Properties Group Berhad shareholders can take confidence from the fact that EBIT margins are up from 28% to 32%, and revenue is growing. Ticking those two boxes is a good sign of growth, in our book.
The chart below shows how the company's bottom and top lines have progressed over time. For finer detail, click on the image.
In investing, as in life, the future matters more than the past. So why not check out this free interactive visualization of IOI Properties Group Berhad's forecast profits?
Are IOI Properties Group Berhad Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
It's a necessity that company leaders act in the best interest of shareholders and so insider investment always comes as a reassurance to the market. So it is good to see that IOI Properties Group Berhad insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock. As a matter of fact, their holding is valued at RM219m. That's a lot of money, and no small incentive to work hard. Despite being just 3.5% of the company, the value of that investment is enough to show insiders have plenty riding on the venture.
Does IOI Properties Group Berhad Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?
As previously touched on, IOI Properties Group Berhad 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. That combination is very appealing. So yes, we do think the stock is worth keeping an eye on. You should always think about risks though. Case in point, we've spotted 3 warning signs for IOI Properties Group Berhad you should be aware of, and 1 of them shouldn't be ignored.
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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