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Does Summit Industrial Income REIT (TSE:SMU.UN) Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

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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 completely 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.

If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Summit Industrial Income REIT (TSE:SMU.UN). While that doesn't make the shares worth buying at any price, you can't deny that successful capitalism requires profit, eventually. Loss-making companies are always racing against time to reach financial sustainability, but time is often a friend of the profitable company, especially if it is growing.

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Summit Industrial Income REIT's Earnings Per Share Are 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). That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. I, for one, am blown away by the fact that Summit Industrial Income REIT has grown EPS by 44% per year, over the last three years. That sort of growth never lasts long, but like a shooting star it is well worth watching when it happens.

I like to see top-line growth as an indication that growth is sustainable, and I look for a high earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) margin to point to a competitive moat (though some companies with low margins also have moats). Not all of Summit Industrial Income REIT's revenue this year is revenue from operations, so keep in mind the revenue and margin numbers I've used might not be the best representation of the underlying business. While we note Summit Industrial Income REIT's EBIT margins were flat over the last year, revenue grew by a solid 61% to CA$109m. That's a real positive.

You can take a look at the company's revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.

TSX:SMU.UN Income Statement, July 5th 2019

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 Summit Industrial Income REIT EPS 100% free.

Are Summit Industrial Income REIT Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

Like that fresh smell in the air when the rains are coming, insider buying fills me with optimistic anticipation. Because oftentimes, the purchase of stock is a sign that the buyer views it as undervalued. Of course, we can never be sure what insiders are thinking, we can only judge their actions.

The good news is that Summit Industrial Income REIT insiders spent a whopping CA$3.5m on stock in just one year, and I didn't see any selling. And so I find myself almost expectant, and certainly hopeful, that this large outlay signals prescient optimism for the business. We also note that it was the Independent Trustee, Lawrence Morassutti, who made the biggest single acquisition, paying CA$1.9m for shares at about CA$9.30 each.

On top of the insider buying, it's good to see that Summit Industrial Income REIT insiders have a valuable investment in the business. Indeed, they have a glittering mountain of wealth invested in it, currently valued at CA$185m. This suggests to me that leadership will be very mindful of shareholders' interests when making decisions!

While insiders already own a significant amount of shares, and they have been buying more, the good news for ordinary shareholders does not stop there. The cherry on top is that the CEO, Paul Dykeman is paid comparatively modestly to CEOs at similar sized companies. For companies with market capitalizations between CA$1.3b and CA$4.2b, like Summit Industrial Income REIT, the median CEO pay is around CA$2.8m.

The CEO of Summit Industrial Income REIT only received CA$476k in total compensation for the year ending December 2018. That's clearly well below average, so at a glance, that arrangement seems generous to shareholders, and points to a modest remuneration culture. CEO compensation is hardly the most important aspect of a company to consider, but when its reasonable that does give me a little more confidence that leadership are looking out for shareholder interests. It can also be a sign of good governance, more generally.

Does Summit Industrial Income REIT Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

Summit Industrial Income REIT's earnings per share have taken off like a rocket aimed right at the moon. Better yet, we can observe insider buying and the chief executive pay looks reasonable. The strong EPS growth suggests Summit Industrial Income REIT may be at an inflection point. For those chasing fast growth, then, I'd suggest to stock merits monitoring. Once you've identified a business you like, the next step is to consider what you think it's worth. And right now is your chance to view our exclusive discounted cashflow valuation of Summit Industrial Income REIT. You might benefit from giving it a glance today.

The good news is that Summit Industrial Income REIT is not the only growth stock with insider buying. Here's a list of them... 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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