For beginners, it can be a good idea (and an exciting prospect) to buy a company that has a good story to tell investors, even if it doesn’t currently have a track record of revenue and profits. But the reality is that if a company loses money for long enough each year, its investors will usually take their share of those losses. While a well-financed company can suffer losses for years, eventually it must turn a profit or investors will move on and the company will wither.
So, if that high-risk, high-reward notion doesn’t fit, you might be more interested in profitable, growing businesses like Uniti group (NASDAQ:UNIT). While profit isn’t the only metric to consider when investing, it’s worth recognizing companies that can consistently produce it.
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How fast is Uniti Group increasing earnings per share?
If a company can grow earnings per share (EPS) long enough, its stock price should eventually follow. As such, it makes sense for savvy investors to pay close attention to the company’s EPS when conducting investment research. It must be recognized that Uniti Group has grown earnings per share by 38% per year over the last three years. While that kind of growth rate isn’t sustainable for long, it certainly catches the eye of potential investors.
A careful look at revenue growth and earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) margins can help give a sense of the sustainability of recent earnings growth. Our analysis has highlighted Uniti Group’s sales from operations did not account for all of their revenue in the prior 12 months, so our analysis of their margins may not accurately reflect the underlying business. The music to the ears of Uniti Group shareholders is that EBIT margins have increased from 46% to 51% over the last 12 months and sales are also on an upward trend. Ticking those two boxes bodes well for growth, in our opinion.
In the chart below, you can see the company’s revenue and earnings growth trend. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.
The trick as an investor is to find companies that are go to perform well in the future, not just in the past. While there are no crystal balls, you can check out our visualization of analyst consensus forecasts for Uniti Group’s future EPS, 100% free.
Are Uniti Group insiders aligned with all shareholders?
It is imperative that company leaders act in the best interests of shareholders, and as such, insider investing is always a market endorsement. Shareholders will be pleased to know that insiders own significant sums of Uniti Group shares. In fact, they hold $19 million worth of stock. That’s a lot of money and no small incentive to work hard. Though it accounts for just 0.9% of the company, the value of this investment is enough to show insiders that the company has a lot going for it.
Does Uniti Group deserve a spot on your watch list?
Uniti Group’s earnings have been impressive. That kind of growth is eye-catching, and the big investment from insiders should certainly brighten up the company’s perspective. The hope, of course, is that the strong growth marks a fundamental improvement in business administration. Based on this quick analysis, we believe Uniti Group is worth considering for a spot on your watch list. You still need to be aware of risks, for example – Uniti Group has 3 warning signs (and 1, which is worrying) that we think you should know about.
The beauty of investing is that you can invest in almost any company you want. But if you’d rather focus on stocks that have demonstrated insider buying, here’s a list of companies with insider buying over the past three months.
Please note that the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction.
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