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.
If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Jazz Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:JAZZ). Now, I'm not saying that the stock is necessarily undervalued today; but I can't shake an appreciation for the profitability of the business itself. 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.
Jazz Pharmaceuticals's Earnings Per Share Are Growing.
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. That means EPS growth is considered a real positive by most successful long-term investors. Impressively, Jazz Pharmaceuticals has grown EPS by 24% per year, compound, in the last three years. As a general rule, we'd say that if a company can keep up that sort of growth, shareholders will be smiling.
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. Jazz Pharmaceuticals shareholders can take confidence from the fact that EBIT margins are up from 36% to 39%, and revenue is growing. Ticking those two boxes is a good sign of growth, in my book.
In the chart below, you can see how the company has grown earnings, and revenue, over time. For finer detail, click on the image.
Fortunately, we've got access to analyst forecasts of Jazz Pharmaceuticals's future profits. You can do your own forecasts without looking, or you can take a peek at what the professionals are predicting.
Are Jazz Pharmaceuticals Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
Like standing at the lookout, surveying the horizon at sunrise, insider buying, for some investors, sparks joy. This view is based on the possibility that stock purchases signal bullishness on behalf of the buyer. However, insiders are sometimes wrong, and we don't know the exact thinking behind their acquisitions.
We did see some selling in the last twelve months, but that's insignificant compared to the whopping US$7.2m that the Independent Director, Seamus Mulligan spent acquiring shares. We should note the average purchase price was around US$144.56. The quantum of that insider purchase is both rare and a sight to behold, not unlike an endangered Amur Leopard in the wild.
Along with the insider buying, another encouraging sign for Jazz Pharmaceuticals is that insiders, as a group, have a considerable shareholding. Notably, they have an enormous stake in the company, worth US$185m. This suggests to me that leadership will be very mindful of shareholders' interests when making decisions!
Does Jazz Pharmaceuticals Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?
For growth investors like me, Jazz Pharmaceuticals's raw rate of earnings growth is a beacon in the night. The cranberry sauce on the turkey is that insiders own a bunch of shares, and one has been buying more. So it's fair to say I think this stock may well deserve a spot on your watchlist. Of course, just because Jazz Pharmaceuticals is growing does not mean it is undervalued. If you're wondering about the valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. So if you like the sound of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, you'll probably love this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.
Please note the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction
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