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. Sometimes these stories can cloud the minds of investors, leading them to invest with their emotions rather than on the merit of good company fundamentals. While a well funded company may sustain losses for years, it will need to generate a profit eventually, or else investors will move on and the company will wither away.
In contrast to all that, many investors prefer to focus on companies like Veritex Holdings (NASDAQ:VBTX), which has not only revenues, but also profits. While profit isn't the sole metric that should be considered when investing, it's worth recognising businesses that can consistently produce it.
How Quickly Is Veritex Holdings Increasing Earnings Per Share?
If a company can keep growing earnings per share (EPS) long enough, its share price should eventually follow. So it makes sense that experienced investors pay close attention to company EPS when undertaking investment research. It certainly is nice to see that Veritex Holdings has managed to grow EPS by 21% per year over three years. If growth like this continues on into the future, then shareholders will have plenty to smile about.
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. Not all of Veritex Holdings' revenue this year is revenue from operations, so keep in mind the revenue and margin numbers used in this article might not be the best representation of the underlying business. EBIT margins for Veritex Holdings remained fairly unchanged over the last year, however the company should be pleased to report its revenue growth for the period of 17% to US$378m. That's encouraging news for the company!
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.
While we live in the present moment, there's little doubt that the future matters most in the investment decision process. So why not check this interactive chart depicting future EPS estimates, for Veritex Holdings?
Are Veritex Holdings Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
Insider interest in a company always sparks a bit of intrigue and many investors are on the lookout for companies where insiders are putting their money where their mouth is. That's because insider buying often indicates that those closest to the company have confidence that the share price will perform well. However, small purchases are not always indicative of conviction, and insiders don't always get it right.
The real kicker here is that Veritex Holdings insiders spent a staggering US$1.8m on acquiring shares in just one year, without single share being sold in the meantime. Buying like that is a fantastic look for the company and should rouse the market in anticipation for the future. Zooming in, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by company insider Arcilia Acosta for US$1.0m worth of shares, at about US$38.00 per share.
Along with the insider buying, another encouraging sign for Veritex Holdings is that insiders, as a group, have a considerable shareholding. Indeed, they hold US$47m worth of its stock. This considerable investment should help drive long-term value in the business. While their ownership only accounts for 2.9%, this is still a considerable amount at stake to encourage the business to maintain a strategy that will deliver value to shareholders.
Shareholders have more to smile about than just insiders adding more shares to their already sizeable holdings. The cherry on top is that the CEO, Charles Holland is paid comparatively modestly to CEOs at similar sized companies. The median total compensation for CEOs of companies similar in size to Veritex Holdings, with market caps between US$1.0b and US$3.2b, is around US$5.5m.
Veritex Holdings' CEO took home a total compensation package worth US$3.1m in the year leading up to December 2021. That seems pretty reasonable, especially given it's below the median for similar sized companies. CEO remuneration levels are not the most important metric for investors, but when the pay is modest, that does support enhanced alignment between the CEO and the ordinary shareholders. It can also be a sign of good governance, more generally.
Does Veritex Holdings Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?
You can't deny that Veritex Holdings has grown its earnings per share at a very impressive rate. That's attractive. Not only that, but we can see that insiders both own a lot of, and are buying more shares in the company. So it's fair to say that this stock may well deserve a spot on your watchlist. It is worth noting though that we have found 2 warning signs for Veritex Holdings that you need to take into consideration.
Keen growth investors love to see insider buying. Thankfully, Veritex Holdings isn't the only one. You can see a 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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