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Here's Why We Think Atrium Mortgage Investment (TSE:AI) Might Deserve Your Attention Today

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. 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. Loss-making companies are always racing against time to reach financial sustainability, so investors in these companies may be taking on more risk than they should.

Despite being in the age of tech-stock blue-sky investing, many investors still adopt a more traditional strategy; buying shares in profitable companies like Atrium Mortgage Investment (TSE:AI). While this doesn't necessarily speak to whether it's undervalued, the profitability of the business is enough to warrant some appreciation - especially if its growing.

See our latest analysis for Atrium Mortgage Investment

How Fast Is Atrium Mortgage Investment Growing?

Generally, companies experiencing growth in earnings per share (EPS) should see similar trends in share price. So it makes sense that experienced investors pay close attention to company EPS when undertaking investment research. Over the last three years, Atrium Mortgage Investment has grown EPS by 8.7% per year. 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. It's noted that Atrium Mortgage Investment's revenue from operations was lower than its revenue in the last twelve months, so that could distort our analysis of its margins. EBIT margins for Atrium Mortgage Investment remained fairly unchanged over the last year, however the company should be pleased to report its revenue growth for the period of 19% to CA$64m. That's progress.

In the chart below, you can see how the company has grown earnings and revenue, over time. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.

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Fortunately, we've got access to analyst forecasts of Atrium Mortgage Investment's future profits. You can do your own forecasts without looking, or you can take a peek at what the professionals are predicting.

Are Atrium Mortgage Investment Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

It should give investors a sense of security owning shares in a company if insiders also own shares, creating a close alignment their interests. So it is good to see that Atrium Mortgage Investment insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock. To be specific, they have CA$18m worth of shares. That's a lot of money, and no small incentive to work hard. Even though that's only about 4.1% of the company, it's enough money to indicate alignment between the leaders of the business and ordinary shareholders.

While it's always good to see some strong conviction in the company from insiders through heavy investment, it's also important for shareholders to ask if management compensation policies are reasonable. Our quick analysis into CEO remuneration would seem to indicate they are. Our analysis has discovered that the median total compensation for the CEOs of companies like Atrium Mortgage Investment with market caps between CA$275m and CA$1.1b is about CA$1.8m.

Atrium Mortgage Investment offered total compensation worth CA$1.0m to its CEO in the year to December 2022. That seems pretty reasonable, especially given it's below the median for similar sized companies. While the level of CEO compensation shouldn't be the biggest factor in how the company is viewed, modest remuneration is a positive, because it suggests that the board keeps shareholder interests in mind. Generally, arguments can be made that reasonable pay levels attest to good decision-making.

Does Atrium Mortgage Investment Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

As previously touched on, Atrium Mortgage Investment is a growing business, which is encouraging. The fact that EPS is growing is a genuine positive for Atrium Mortgage Investment, but the pleasant picture gets better than that. With company insiders aligning themselves considerably with the company's success and modest CEO compensation, there's no arguments that this is a stock worth looking into. We don't want to rain on the parade too much, but we did also find 3 warning signs for Atrium Mortgage Investment (2 can't be ignored!) that you need to be mindful of.

Although Atrium Mortgage Investment certainly looks good, it may appeal to more investors if insiders were buying up shares. If you like to see insider buying, then this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying, could be exactly what you're looking for.

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

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This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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