It’s common for many investors, especially those who are inexperienced, to buy shares in companies with a good story even if these companies are loss-making. Unfortunately, these high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson. Loss making companies can act like a sponge for capital – so investors should be cautious that they’re not throwing good money after bad.
So if this idea of high risk and high reward doesn’t suit, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like ATOSS Software (ETR:AOF). Even if this company is fairly valued by the market, investors would agree that generating consistent profits will continue to provide ATOSS Software with the means to add long-term value to shareholders.
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ATOSS Software’s Earnings Per Share Are Growing
If a company can keep growing earnings per share (EPS) long enough, its share price should eventually follow. That means EPS growth is considered a real positive by most successful long-term investors. ATOSS Software managed to grow EPS by 17% per year, over three years. That’s a good rate of growth, if it can be sustained.
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. ATOSS Software maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 15% to €105m. That’s encouraging news for the company!
The chart below shows how the company’s bottom and top lines have progressed over time. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.
Of course the knack is to find stocks that have their best days in the future, not in the past. You could base your opinion on past performance, of course, but you may also want to check this interactive graph of professional analyst EPS forecasts for ATOSS Software.
Are ATOSS Software Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
Seeing insiders owning a large portion of the shares on issue is often a good sign. Their incentives will be aligned with the investors and there’s less of a probability in a sudden sell-off that would impact the share price. So we’re pleased to report that ATOSS Software insiders own a meaningful share of the business. Owning 50% of the company, insiders have plenty riding on the performance of the share price. Those who are comforted by solid insider ownership like this should be happy, as it implies that those running the business are genuinely motivated to create shareholder value. at the current share price. That level of investment from insiders is nothing to sneeze at.
Does ATOSS Software Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?
As previously touched on, ATOSS Software is a growing business, which is encouraging. To add an extra spark to the fire, significant insider ownership in the company is another highlight. The combination definitely favored by investors so consider keeping the company on a watchlist. While we’ve looked at the quality of the earnings, we haven’t yet done any work to value the stock. So if you like to buy cheap, you may want to check if ATOSS Software is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
The beauty of investing is that you can invest in almost 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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