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Here's Why We Think Community Healthcare Trust (NYSE:CHCT) Is Well Worth Watching

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 the reality is that when a company loses money each year, for long enough, its investors will usually take their share of those losses.

So if you're like me, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like Community Healthcare Trust (NYSE:CHCT). While that doesn't make the shares worth buying at any price, you can't deny that successful capitalism requires profit, eventually. Conversely, a loss-making company is yet to prove itself with profit, and eventually the sweet milk of external capital may run sour.

Check out our latest analysis for Community Healthcare Trust

Community Healthcare Trust's Improving Profits

In the last three years Community Healthcare Trust's earnings per share took off like a rocket; fast, and from a low base. So the actual rate of growth doesn't tell us much. As a result, I'll zoom in on growth over the last year, instead. Community Healthcare Trust has grown its trailing twelve month EPS from US$0.80 to US$0.85, in the last year. That's a modest gain of 6.8%.

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. Not all of Community Healthcare Trust'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 Community Healthcare Trust's EBIT margins were flat over the last year, revenue grew by a solid 20% to US$91m. That's progress.

You can take a look at the company's revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.

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

Are Community Healthcare Trust 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. So it is good to see that Community Healthcare Trust insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock. Given insiders own a small fortune of shares, currently valued at US$63m, they have plenty of motivation to push the business to succeed. That's certainly enough to make me think that management will be very focussed on long term growth.

Is Community Healthcare Trust Worth Keeping An Eye On?

One important encouraging feature of Community Healthcare Trust is that it is growing profits. Just as polish makes silverware pop, the high level of insider ownership enhances my enthusiasm for this growth. The combination sparks joy for me, so I'd consider keeping the company on a watchlist. Even so, be aware that Community Healthcare Trust is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about...

You can invest in any company you want. But if you prefer to focus on stocks that have demonstrated insider buying, here is a list of companies 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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