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Here's Why I Think HarborOne Bancorp (NASDAQ:HONE) Might Deserve Your Attention Today

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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. Unfortunately, high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson.

So if you're like me, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like HarborOne Bancorp (NASDAQ:HONE). Even if the shares are fully valued today, most capitalists would recognize its profits as the demonstration of steady value generation. In comparison, loss making companies act like a sponge for capital - but unlike such a sponge they do not always produce something when squeezed.

View our latest analysis for HarborOne Bancorp

How Quickly Is HarborOne Bancorp Increasing Earnings Per Share?

The market is a voting machine in the short term, but a weighing machine in the long term, so share price follows earnings per share (EPS) eventually. It's no surprise, then, that I like to invest in companies with EPS growth. I, for one, am blown away by the fact that HarborOne Bancorp has grown EPS by 41% per year, over the last three years. While that sort of growth rate isn't sustainable for long, it certainly catches my attention; like a crow with a sparkly stone.

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. I note that HarborOne Bancorp's revenue from operations was lower than its revenue in the last twelve months, so that could distort my analysis of its margins. HarborOne Bancorp maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 32% to US$207m. That's a real positive.

The chart below shows how the company's bottom and top lines have progressed over time. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.

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In investing, as in life, the future matters more than the past. So why not check out this free interactive visualization of HarborOne Bancorp's forecast profits?

Are HarborOne Bancorp Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

Like standing at the lookout, surveying the horizon at sunrise, insider buying, for some investors, sparks joy. That's because insider buying often indicates that those closest to the company have confidence that the share price will perform well. However, small purchases are not always indicative of conviction, and insiders don't always get it right.

Like a sturdy phalanx HarborOne Bancorp insiders have stood united by refusing to sell shares over the last year. But my excitement comes from the US$189k that President Joseph Casey spent buying shares (at an average price of about US$7.54).

The good news, alongside the insider buying, for HarborOne Bancorp bulls is that insiders (collectively) have a meaningful investment in the stock. To be specific, they have US$16m worth of shares. That's a lot of money, and no small incentive to work hard. Even though that's only about 2.6% of the company, it's enough money to indicate alignment between the leaders of the business and ordinary shareholders.

Should You Add HarborOne Bancorp To Your Watchlist?

HarborOne Bancorp's earnings per share have taken off like a rocket aimed right at the moon. The incing on the cake is that insiders own a large chunk of the company and one has even been buying more shares. Because of the potential that it has reached an inflection point, I'd suggest HarborOne Bancorp belongs on the top of your watchlist. Don't forget that there may still be risks. For instance, we've identified 1 warning sign for HarborOne Bancorp that you should be aware of.

The good news is that HarborOne Bancorp 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.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. 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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