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Here's Why We Think Jungfraubahn Holding (VTX:JFN) Is Well Worth Watching

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For beginners, it can seem like a good idea (and an exciting prospect) to buy a company that tells a good story to investors, even if it completely lacks a track record of revenue and profit. 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.

In contrast to all that, I prefer to spend time on companies like Jungfraubahn Holding (VTX:JFN), which has not only revenues, but also profits. 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. 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 Jungfraubahn Holding

How Quickly Is Jungfraubahn Holding Increasing Earnings Per Share?

If a company can keep growing earnings per share (EPS) long enough, its share price will eventually follow. It's no surprise, then, that I like to invest in companies with EPS growth. As a tree reaches steadily for the sky, Jungfraubahn Holding's EPS has grown 17% each year, compound, over 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. I note that Jungfraubahn Holding's revenue from operations was lower than its revenue in the last twelve months, so that could distort my analysis of its margins. While we note Jungfraubahn Holding's EBIT margins were flat over the last year, revenue grew by a solid 8.6% to CHF219m. That's progress.

You can take a look at the company's revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. For finer detail, click on the image.

SWX:JFN Income Statement March 27th 2020

Of course the knack is to find stocks that have their best days in the future, not in the past. You could base your opinion on past performance, of course, but you may also want to check this interactive graph of professional analyst EPS forecasts for Jungfraubahn Holding.

Are Jungfraubahn Holding Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

I like company leaders to have some skin in the game, so to speak, because it increases alignment of incentives between the people running the business, and its true owners. As a result, I'm encouraged by the fact that insiders own Jungfraubahn Holding shares worth a considerable sum. Indeed, they hold CHF40m worth of its stock. That shows significant buy-in, and may indicate conviction in the business strategy. That amounts to 5.5% of the company, demonstrating a degree of high-level alignment with shareholders.

It's good to see that insiders are invested in the company, but are remuneration levels reasonable? A brief analysis of the CEO compensation suggests they are. For companies with market capitalizations between CHF392m and CHF1.6b, like Jungfraubahn Holding, the median CEO pay is around CHF967k.

The Jungfraubahn Holding CEO received CHF855k in compensation for the year ending . That seems pretty reasonable, especially given its below the median for similar sized companies. While the level of CEO compensation isn't a huge factor in my view of the company, modest remuneration is a positive, because it suggests that the board keeps shareholder interests in mind. I'd also argue reasonable pay levels attest to good decision making more generally.

Should You Add Jungfraubahn Holding To Your Watchlist?

You can't deny that Jungfraubahn Holding has grown its earnings per share at a very impressive rate. That's attractive. If that's not enough, consider also that the CEO pay is quite reasonable, and insiders are well-invested alongside other shareholders. Each to their own, but I think all this makes Jungfraubahn Holding look rather interesting indeed. Even so, be aware that Jungfraubahn Holding is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is a bit unpleasant...

Although Jungfraubahn Holding certainly looks good to me, I would like it more if insiders were buying up shares. If you like to see insider buying, too, 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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