I Ran A Stock Scan For Earnings Growth And Jamieson Wellness (TSE:JWEL) Passed With Ease

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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. 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 the age of tech-stock blue-sky investing, my choice may seem old fashioned; I still prefer profitable companies like Jamieson Wellness (TSE:JWEL). 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. In comparison, loss making companies act like a sponge for capital - but unlike such a sponge they do not always produce something when squeezed.

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How Fast Is Jamieson Wellness Growing Its Earnings Per Share?

Over the last three years, Jamieson Wellness has grown earnings per share (EPS) like young bamboo after rain; fast, and from a low base. So I don't think the percent growth rate is particularly meaningful. As a result, I'll zoom in on growth over the last year, instead. Like a falcon taking flight, Jamieson Wellness's EPS soared from CA$0.54 to CA$0.74, over the last year. That's a impressive gain of 39%.

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. Jamieson Wellness maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 12% to CA$341m. That's progress.

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.

TSX:JWEL Income Statement, January 1st 2020

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 Jamieson Wellness EPS 100% free.

Are Jamieson Wellness 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. Because oftentimes, the purchase of stock is a sign that the buyer views it as undervalued. However, insiders are sometimes wrong, and we don't know the exact thinking behind their acquisitions.

Although we did see some insider selling (worth -CA$123.8k) this was overshadowed by a mountain of buying, totalling CA$1.5m in just one year. I find this encouraging because it suggests they are optimistic about the Jamieson Wellness's future. It is also worth noting that it was Chairman of the Board David Williams who made the biggest single purchase, worth CA$1.2m, paying CA$24.70 per share.

On top of the insider buying, it's good to see that Jamieson Wellness insiders have a valuable investment in the business. To be specific, they have CA$22m worth of shares. That shows significant buy-in, and may indicate conviction in the business strategy. Even though that's only about 2.1% of the company, it's enough money to indicate alignment between the leaders of the business and ordinary shareholders.

Does Jamieson Wellness Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

Given my belief that share price follows earnings per share you can easily imagine how I feel about Jamieson Wellness's strong EPS growth. On top of that, insiders own a significant stake in the company and have been buying more shares. So it's fair to say I think this stock may well deserve a spot on your watchlist. If you think Jamieson Wellness might suit your style as an investor, you could go straight to its annual report, or you could first check our discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation for the company.

The good news is that Jamieson Wellness is not the only growth stock with insider buying. Here's a list of them... 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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