Here's Why Modine Manufacturing (NYSE:MOD) Has Caught The Eye Of Investors

Simply Wall St ·  Apr 17 13:32

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.  Unfortunately, these high risk investments often have little probability of ever paying off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson.  Loss-making companies are always racing against time to reach financial sustainability, so investors in these companies may be taking on more risk than they should.

If this kind of company isn't your style, you like companies that generate revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Modine Manufacturing (NYSE:MOD). 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.

Modine Manufacturing's Improving Profits

In business, profits are a key measure of success; and share prices tend to reflect earnings per share (EPS) performance.  So a growing EPS generally brings attention to a company in the eyes of prospective investors.    It is awe-striking that Modine Manufacturing's EPS went from US$1.37 to US$4.32 in just one year.  When you see earnings grow that quickly, it often means good things ahead for the company.  

Top-line growth is a great indicator that growth is sustainable, and combined with a high earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) margin, it's a great way for a company to maintain a competitive advantage in the market.    The music to the ears of Modine Manufacturing shareholders is that EBIT margins have grown from 6.4% to 9.9% in the last 12 months and revenues are on an upwards trend as well.  Ticking those two boxes is a good sign of growth, in our book.  

In the chart below, you can see how the company has grown earnings and revenue, over time.  Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.

NYSE:MOD Earnings and Revenue History April 17th 2024

The trick, as an investor, is to find companies that are going to perform well in the future, not just in the past. While crystal balls don't exist, you can check our visualization of consensus analyst forecasts for Modine Manufacturing's future EPS 100% free.  

Are Modine Manufacturing Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

It's a necessity that company leaders act in the best interest of shareholders and so insider investment always comes as a reassurance to the market.  So it is good to see that Modine Manufacturing insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock.     With a whopping US$92m worth of shares as a group, insiders have plenty riding on the company's success.   This would indicate that the goals of shareholders and management are one and the same.  

While it's always good to see some strong conviction in the company from insiders through heavy investment, it's also important for shareholders to ask if management compensation policies are reasonable.  Well, based on the CEO pay, you'd argue that they are indeed.    For companies with market capitalisations between US$2.0b and US$6.4b, like Modine Manufacturing, the median CEO pay is around US$6.6m.  

Modine Manufacturing offered total compensation worth US$4.8m to its CEO in the year to March 2023.  That comes in below the average for similar sized companies and seems pretty reasonable.   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 a culture of integrity, in a broader sense.

Is Modine Manufacturing Worth Keeping An Eye On?

Modine Manufacturing's earnings have taken off in quite an impressive fashion.   The cherry on top is that insiders own a bucket-load of shares, and the CEO pay seems really quite reasonable.  The strong EPS improvement suggests the businesses is humming along.  Big growth can make big winners, so the writing on the wall tells us that Modine Manufacturing is worth considering carefully.     Don't forget that there may still be risks. For instance, we've identified   1 warning sign for Modine Manufacturing  that you should be aware of.  

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 tailored list of  companies which have demonstrated growth backed by recent insider purchases.

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

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