Some have more dollars than sense, they say, so even companies that have no revenue, no profit, and a record of falling short, can easily find investors. Unfortunately, high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson.
So if you’re like me, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE). 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. Conversely, a loss-making company is yet to prove itself with profit, and eventually the sweet milk of external capital may run sour.
Check out our latest analysis for Sempra Energy
Sempra Energy’s Improving Profits
In the last three years Sempra Energy’s earnings per share took off like a rocket; fast, and from a low base. So the actual rate of growth doesn’t tell us much. Thus, it makes sense to focus on more recent growth rates, instead. Over twelve months, Sempra Energy increased its EPS from US$6.10 to US$6.58. That amounts to a small improvement of 7.9%.
Careful consideration of revenue growth and earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) margins can help inform a view on the sustainability of the recent profit growth. Sempra Energy maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 5.0% to US$11b. That’s progress.
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.
The trick, as an investor, is to find companies that are going to perform well in the future, not just in the past. To that end, right now and today, you can check our visualization of consensus analyst forecasts for future Sempra Energy EPS 100% free.
Are Sempra Energy Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
We would not expect to see insiders owning a large percentage of a US$35b company like Sempra Energy. But we are reassured by the fact they have invested in the company. To be specific, they have US$27m worth of shares. That’s a lot of money, and no small incentive to work hard. Despite being just 0.08% of the company, the value of that investment is enough to show insiders have plenty riding on the venture.
Is Sempra Energy Worth Keeping An Eye On?
As I already mentioned, Sempra Energy 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 2 warning signs for Sempra Energy (1 is potentially serious!) that you need to be mindful of.
You can invest in 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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