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. And in their study titled Who Falls Prey to the Wolf of Wall Street?' Leuz et. al. found that it is 'quite common' for investors to lose money by buying into 'pump and dump' schemes.
In contrast to all that, I prefer to spend time on companies like WestBond Enterprises (CVE:WBE), which has not only revenues, but also profits. While profit is not necessarily a social good, it's easy to admire a business that can consistently produce it. Conversely, a loss-making company is yet to prove itself with profit, and eventually the sweet milk of external capital may run sour.
WestBond Enterprises's Improving Profits
Over the last three years, WestBond Enterprises has grown earnings per share (EPS) like young bamboo after rain; fast, and from a low base. So I don't think the percent growth rate is particularly meaningful. Thus, it makes sense to focus on more recent growth rates, instead. Like a wedge-tailed eagle on the wind, WestBond Enterprises's EPS soared from CA$0.011 to CA$0.015, in just one year. That's a commendable gain of 44%.
I like to take a look at earnings before interest and (EBIT) tax margins, as well as revenue growth, to get another take on the quality of the company's growth. While we note WestBond Enterprises's EBIT margins were flat over the last year, revenue grew by a solid 8.7% to CA$12m. That's a real positive.
In the chart below, you can see how the company has grown earnings, and revenue, over time. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.
Since WestBond Enterprises is no giant, with a market capitalization of CA$8.9m, so you should definitely check its cash and debt before getting too excited about its prospects.
Are WestBond Enterprises Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
Personally, I like to see high insider ownership of a company, since it suggests that it will be managed in the interests of shareholders. So as you can imagine, the fact that WestBond Enterprises insiders own a significant number of shares certainly appeals to me. Indeed, with a collective holding of 52%, company insiders are in control and have plenty of capital behind the venture. This makes me think they will be incentivised to plan for the long term - something I like to see. Valued at only CA$8.9m WestBond Enterprises is really small for a listed company. That means insiders only have CA$4.6m worth of shares, despite the large proportional holding. That's not a huge stake in absolute terms, but it should help keep insiders aligned with other shareholders.
Does WestBond Enterprises Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?
For growth investors like me, WestBond Enterprises's raw rate of earnings growth is a beacon in the night. Further, the high level of insider ownership impresses me, and suggests that I'm not the only one who appreciates the EPS growth. Fast growth and confident insiders should be enough to warrant further research. So the answer is that I do think this is a good stock to follow along with. However, before you get too excited we've discovered 5 warning signs for WestBond Enterprises (1 can't be ignored!) that you should be aware of.
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