Business Economics

Is Now The Time To Put Enerpac Tool Group (NYSE:EPAC) On Your Watchlist?

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. Unfortunately, high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson.

So if you’re like me, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like Enerpac Tool Group (NYSE:EPAC). 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 Enerpac Tool Group

Enerpac Tool Group’s Improving Profits

In business, though not in life, profits are a key measure of success; and share prices tend to reflect earnings per share (EPS). So like the hint of a smile on a face that I love, growing EPS generally makes me look twice. It is therefore awe-striking that Enerpac Tool Group’s EPS went from US$0.037 to US$0.57 in just one year. When you see earnings grow that quickly, it often means good things ahead for the company.

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. Enerpac Tool Group’s EBIT margins are flat but, of some concern, its revenue is actually down. Suffice it to say that is not a great sign of growth.

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:EPAC Earnings and Revenue History July 4th 2021

Of course the knack is to find stocks that have their best days in the future, not in the past. You could base your opinion on past performance, of course, but you may also want to check this interactive graph of professional analyst EPS forecasts for Enerpac Tool Group.

Are Enerpac Tool Group 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. So it is good to see that Enerpac Tool Group insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock. To be specific, they have US$17m worth of shares. That’s a lot of money, and no small incentive to work hard. Even though that’s only about 1.0% of the company, it’s enough money to indicate alignment between the leaders of the business and ordinary shareholders.

Is Enerpac Tool Group Worth Keeping An Eye On?

Enerpac Tool Group’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. The hope is, of course, that the strong growth marks a fundamental improvement in the business economics. So yes, on this short analysis I do think it’s worth considering Enerpac Tool Group for a spot on your watchlist. Of course, just because Enerpac Tool Group is growing does not mean it is undervalued. If you’re wondering about the valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to 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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