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Do OFG Bancorp's (NYSE:OFG) Earnings Warrant Your Attention?

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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.

In the age of tech-stock blue-sky investing, my choice may seem old fashioned; I still prefer profitable companies like OFG Bancorp (NYSE:OFG). While profit is not necessarily a social good, it's easy to admire a business than can consistently produce it. 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.

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How Fast Is OFG Bancorp Growing Its Earnings Per Share?

In the last three years OFG 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. As a result, I'll zoom in on growth over the last year, instead. Like a firecracker arcing through the night sky, OFG Bancorp's EPS shot from US$0.92 to US$1.71, over the last year. You don't see 85% year-on-year growth like that, very often.

I like to see top-line growth as an indication that growth is sustainable, and I look for a high earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) margin to point to a competitive moat (though some companies with low margins also have moats). I note that OFG Bancorp's revenue from operations was lower than its revenue in the last twelve months, so that could distort my analysis of its margins. OFG Bancorp maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 13% to US$345m. 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.

NYSE:OFG Income Statement, May 13th 2019

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

Are OFG Bancorp Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

Like the kids in the streets standing up for their beliefs, insider share purchases give me reason to believe in a brighter future. That's because insider buying often indicates that those closest to the company have confidence that the share price will perform well. However, insiders are sometimes wrong, and we don't know the exact thinking behind their acquisitions.

It's good to see OFG Bancorp insiders walking the walk, by spending US$455k on shares in just twelve months. And when you consider that there was no insider selling, you can understand why shareholders might believe that lady luck will grace this business. It is also worth noting that it was Independent Director Jorge Colón Gerena who made the biggest single purchase, worth US$143k, paying US$14.30 per share.

Should You Add OFG Bancorp To Your Watchlist?

OFG Bancorp's earnings have taken off like any random crypto-currency did, back in 2017. Growth investors should find it difficult to look past that strong EPS move. And in fact, it could well signal a fundamental shift in the business economics. For me, this situation certainly piques my interest. Of course, identifying quality businesses is only half the battle; investors need to know whether the stock is undervalued. So you might want to consider this free discounted cashflow valuation of OFG Bancorp.

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. So if you like the sound of OFG Bancorp, 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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