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If You Like EPS Growth Then Check Out John B. Sanfilippo & Son (NASDAQ:JBSS) Before It's Too Late

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It's only natural that many investors, especially those who are new to the game, prefer to buy shares in 'sexy' stocks with a good story, even if those businesses lose money. But as Peter Lynch said in One Up On Wall Street, 'Long shots almost never pay off.'

So if you're like me, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like John B. Sanfilippo & Son (NASDAQ:JBSS). 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.

Check out our latest analysis for John B. Sanfilippo & Son

How Quickly Is John B. Sanfilippo & Son Increasing Earnings Per Share?

If a company can keep growing earnings per share (EPS) long enough, its share price will eventually follow. Therefore, there are plenty of investors who like to buy shares in companies that are growing EPS. We can see that in the last three years John B. Sanfilippo & Son grew its EPS by 8.4% per year. That growth rate is fairly good, assuming the company can keep it up.

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. It seems John B. Sanfilippo & Son is pretty stable, since revenue and EBIT margins are pretty flat year on year. That's not a major concern but nor does it point to the long term growth we like to see.

The chart below shows how the company's bottom and top lines have progressed over time. For finer detail, click on the image.

NasdaqGS:JBSS Income Statement, October 1st 2019

While profitability drives the upside, prudent investors always check the balance sheet, too.

Are John B. Sanfilippo & Son Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

It makes me feel more secure owning shares in a company if insiders also own shares, thusly more closely aligning our interests. As a result, I'm encouraged by the fact that insiders own John B. Sanfilippo & Son shares worth a considerable sum. Indeed, they have a glittering mountain of wealth invested in it, currently valued at US$144m. Coming in at 13% of the business, that holding gives insiders a lot of influence, and plenty of reason to generate value for shareholders. So it might be my imagination, but I do sense the glimmer of an opportunity.

Is John B. Sanfilippo & Son Worth Keeping An Eye On?

One important encouraging feature of John B. Sanfilippo & Son is that it is growing profits. Just as polish makes silverware pop, the high level of insider ownership enhances my enthusiasm for this growth. That combination appeals to me, for one. So yes, I do think the stock is worth keeping an eye on. Now, you could try to make up your mind on John B. Sanfilippo & Son by focusing on just these factors, or you could also consider how its price-to-earnings ratio compares to other companies in its industry.

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Please note the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction

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