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Here's Why I Think TriCo Bancshares (NASDAQ:TCBK) Is An Interesting Stock

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Like a puppy chasing its tail, some new investors often chase 'the next big thing', even if that means buying 'story stocks' without revenue, let alone 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 TriCo Bancshares (NASDAQ:TCBK), which has not only revenues, but also profits. 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.

Check out our latest analysis for TriCo Bancshares

How Quickly Is TriCo Bancshares Increasing Earnings Per Share?

As one of my mentors once told me, share price follows earnings per share (EPS). That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. TriCo Bancshares managed to grow EPS by 10% per year, over three years. That growth rate is fairly good, assuming the company can keep it up.

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 TriCo Bancshares'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. TriCo Bancshares maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 24% to US$282m. That's a real positive.

In the chart below, you can see how the company has grown earnings, and revenue, over time. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.

NasdaqGS:TCBK Income Statement, July 2nd 2019

The trick, as an investor, is to find companies that are going to perform well in the future, not just in the past. To that end, right now and today, you can check our visualization of consensus analyst forecasts for future TriCo Bancshares EPS 100% free.

Are TriCo Bancshares 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 TriCo Bancshares insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock. Notably, they have an enormous stake in the company, worth US$111m. This suggests to me that leadership will be very mindful of shareholders' interests when making decisions!

Should You Add TriCo Bancshares To Your Watchlist?

One positive for TriCo Bancshares is that it is growing EPS. That's nice to see. Just as polish makes silverware pop, the high level of insider ownership enhances my enthusiasm for this growth. That combination appeals to me, for one. So yes, I do think the stock is worth keeping an eye on. Now, you could try to make up your mind on TriCo Bancshares by focusing on just these factors, or you could also consider how its price-to-earnings ratio compares to other companies in its industry.

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

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