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Do Aier Eye Hospital Group's (SZSE:300015) Earnings Warrant Your Attention?

Simply Wall St ·  09/07 15:50

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 the reality is that when a company loses money each year, for long enough, its investors will usually take their share of those losses. A loss-making company is yet to prove itself with profit, and eventually the inflow of external capital may dry up.

In contrast to all that, many investors prefer to focus on companies like Aier Eye Hospital Group (SZSE:300015), which has not only revenues, but also profits. While this doesn't necessarily speak to whether it's undervalued, the profitability of the business is enough to warrant some appreciation - especially if its growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Aier Eye Hospital Group

How Quickly Is Aier Eye Hospital Group Increasing Earnings Per Share?

Generally, companies experiencing growth in earnings per share (EPS) should see similar trends in share price. Therefore, there are plenty of investors who like to buy shares in companies that are growing EPS. Impressively, Aier Eye Hospital Group has grown EPS by 26% per year, compound, in the last three years. This has no doubt fuelled the optimism that sees the stock trading on a high multiple of earnings.

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 Aier Eye Hospital Group did well to grow revenue over the last year, EBIT margins were dampened at the same time. If EBIT margins are able to stay balanced and this revenue growth continues, then we should see brighter days ahead.

The chart below shows how the company's bottom and top lines have progressed over time. For finer detail, click on the image.

earnings-and-revenue-historySZSE:300015 Earnings and Revenue History September 7th 2022

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

Are Aier Eye Hospital Group Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

Since Aier Eye Hospital Group has a market capitalisation of CN¥194b, we wouldn't expect insiders to hold a large percentage of shares. But we are reassured by the fact they have invested in the company. We note that their impressive stake in the company is worth CN¥41b. This totals to 21% of shares in the company. Enough to lead management's decision making process down a path that brings the most benefit to shareholders. So there is opportunity here to invest in a company whose management have tangible incentives to deliver.

It means a lot to see insiders invested in the business, but shareholders may be wondering if remuneration policies are in their best interest. Well, based on the CEO pay, you'd argue that they are indeed. For companies with market capitalisations over CN¥55b, like Aier Eye Hospital Group, the median CEO pay is around CN¥2.3m.

The Aier Eye Hospital Group CEO received CN¥1.1m in compensation for the year ending December 2021. That seems pretty reasonable, especially given it's below the median for similar sized companies. While the level of CEO compensation shouldn't be the biggest factor in how the company is viewed, modest remuneration is a positive, because it suggests that the board keeps shareholder interests in mind. It can also be a sign of good governance, more generally.

Is Aier Eye Hospital Group Worth Keeping An Eye On?

If you believe that share price follows earnings per share you should definitely be delving further into Aier Eye Hospital Group's strong EPS growth. If you still have your doubts, remember too that company insiders have a considerable investment aligning themselves with the shareholders and CEO pay is quite modest compared to similarly sized companiess. The overarching message here is that Aier Eye Hospital Group has underlying strengths that make it worth a look at. What about risks? Every company has them, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Aier Eye Hospital Group you should know about.

The beauty of investing is that you can invest in almost 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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