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Is Now The Time To Put HarborOne Bancorp (NASDAQ:HONE) On Your Watchlist?

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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. 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 HarborOne Bancorp (NASDAQ:HONE). 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. While a well funded company may sustain losses for years, unless its owners have an endless appetite for subsidizing the customer, it will need to generate a profit eventually, or else breathe its last breath.

See our latest analysis for HarborOne Bancorp

HarborOne Bancorp's Improving Profits

In the last three years HarborOne Bancorp'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. Thus, it makes sense to focus on more recent growth rates, instead. Like the last firework on New Year's Eve accelerating into the sky, HarborOne Bancorp's EPS shot from US$0.38 to US$1.10, over the last year. You don't see 191% year-on-year growth like that, very often. The best case scenario? That the business has hit a true inflection point.

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. Not all of HarborOne Bancorp'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. HarborOne Bancorp maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 47% to US$253m. That's a real positive.

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 HarborOne Bancorp's future profits. You can do your own forecasts without looking, or you can take a peek at what the professionals are predicting.

Are HarborOne Bancorp 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. As a result, I'm encouraged by the fact that insiders own HarborOne Bancorp shares worth a considerable sum. To be specific, they have US$23m worth of shares. That shows significant buy-in, and may indicate conviction in the business strategy. Even though that's only about 3.0% 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 growth have been levitating higher, like a mountain goat scaling the Alps. That EPS growth certainly has my attention, and the large insider ownership only serves to further stoke my interest. At times fast EPS growth is a sign the business has reached an inflection point; and I do like those. So to my mind HarborOne Bancorp is worth putting on your watchlist; after all, shareholders do well when the market underestimates fast growing companies. What about risks? Every company has them, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for HarborOne Bancorp (of which 1 shouldn't be ignored!) 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.

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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