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Does Cognizant Technology Solutions (NASDAQ:CTSH) Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

The excitement of investing in a company that can reverse its fortunes is a big draw for some speculators, so even companies that have no revenue, no profit, and a record of falling short, can manage to find investors. But as Peter Lynch said in One Up On Wall Street, 'Long shots almost never pay off.' Loss making companies can act like a sponge for capital - so investors should be cautious that they're not throwing good money after bad.

So if this idea of high risk and high reward doesn't suit, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like Cognizant Technology Solutions (NASDAQ:CTSH). Even if this company is fairly valued by the market, investors would agree that generating consistent profits will continue to provide Cognizant Technology Solutions with the means to add long-term value to shareholders.

Check out our latest analysis for Cognizant Technology Solutions

Cognizant Technology Solutions' Earnings Per Share Are Growing

The market is a voting machine in the short term, but a weighing machine in the long term, so you'd expect share price to follow earnings per share (EPS) outcomes eventually. Therefore, there are plenty of investors who like to buy shares in companies that are growing EPS. We can see that in the last three years Cognizant Technology Solutions grew its EPS by 7.2% per year. While that sort of growth rate isn't anything to write home about, it does show the business is growing.

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. While we note Cognizant Technology Solutions achieved similar EBIT margins to last year, revenue grew by a solid 8.1% to US$19b. That's encouraging news for the company!

You can take a look at the company's revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. For finer detail, click on the image.

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

Are Cognizant Technology Solutions Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

We would not expect to see insiders owning a large percentage of a US$33b company like Cognizant Technology Solutions. But we do take comfort from the fact that they are investors in the company. Indeed, they hold US$45m worth of its stock. That shows significant buy-in, and may indicate conviction in the business strategy. Even though that's only about 0.1% of the company, it's enough money to indicate alignment between the leaders of the business and ordinary shareholders.

Is Cognizant Technology Solutions Worth Keeping An Eye On?

As previously touched on, Cognizant Technology Solutions is a growing business, which is encouraging. If that's not enough on its own, there is also the rather notable levels of insider ownership. The combination definitely favoured by investors so consider keeping the company on a watchlist. We should say that we've discovered 2 warning signs for Cognizant Technology Solutions that you should be aware of before investing here.

There's always the possibility of doing well buying stocks that are not growing earnings and do not have insiders buying shares. But for those who consider these important metrics, we encourage you to check out companies that do have those features. You can access a free list of them here.

Please note the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction.

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