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I Ran A Stock Scan For Earnings Growth And QuinStreet (NASDAQ:QNST) Passed With Ease

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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 QuinStreet (NASDAQ:QNST), which has not only revenues, but also profits. 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 QuinStreet Growing Its Earnings Per Share?

In the last three years QuinStreet'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 the last firework on New Year's Eve accelerating into the sky, QuinStreet's EPS shot from US$0.42 to US$1.16, over the last year. You don't see 178% year-on-year growth like that, very often.

Careful consideration of revenue growth and earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) margins can help inform a view on the sustainability of the recent profit growth. QuinStreet maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 9.1% to US$469m. That's progress.

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:QNST Income Statement, December 11th 2019

Fortunately, we've got access to analyst forecasts of QuinStreet's future profits. You can do your own forecasts without looking, or you can take a peek at what the professionals are predicting.

Are QuinStreet 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 QuinStreet shares worth a considerable sum. With a whopping US$79m worth of shares as a group, insiders have plenty riding on the company's success. That holding amounts to 9.8% of the stock on issue, thus making insiders influential, and aligned, owners of the business.

Is QuinStreet Worth Keeping An Eye On?

QuinStreet's earnings per share have taken off like a rocket aimed right at the moon. 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 QuinStreet is worth putting on your watchlist; after all, shareholders do well when the market underestimates fast growing companies. Now, you could try to make up your mind on QuinStreet by focusing on just these factors, or you could also consider how its price-to-earnings ratio compares to other companies in its industry.

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

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