Here’s why I think Garo Aktiebolag (STO:GARO) might deserve your attention today

Some have more money than sense, they say, so even companies with no revenue, no profit and a history of failures can easily find investors. But as Peter Lynch said in One Up on Wall Street“Long shots almost never pay off.”

So if you’re like me, you might be more interested in profitable and growing companies, like Garo Aktiebolag (STO:GARO). Although profit is not necessarily a social good, it is easy to admire a company that can produce it consistently. In comparison, loss-making companies act like a sponge for capital – but unlike such a sponge, they don’t always produce something when pressed.

Check out our latest analysis for Garo Aktiebolag

How fast is Garo Aktiebolag developing?

If you think markets are even remotely efficient, you expect a company’s share price to follow its earnings per share (EPS) over the long term. Therefore, there are many investors who like to buy shares in companies that grow EPS. Impressively, Garo Aktiebolag has increased EPS by 26% pa, compounded, over the past three years. If the company can sustain this type of growth, we expect shareholders to come out on top.

I like to see revenue growth as an indication that growth is sustainable, and I look for a high margin on earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) to point to a competitive moat (although some low-margin companies also have moats). Garo Aktiebolag has maintained stable EBIT margins over the past year, while increasing its turnover by 24% to 1.3 billion kr. This is a real plus point.

You can check the company’s revenue and profit growth trend in the table below. For more details, click on the image.

OM:GARO Earnings & Revenue History March 18, 2022

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

Are Garo Aktiebolag insiders aligned with all shareholders?

Many consider high insider shareholding to be a strong sign of alignment between a company’s executives and ordinary shareholders. So, as you can imagine, the fact that Garo Aktiebolag insiders hold a significant number of shares certainly appeals to me. In fact, with 38% of the company to their name, insiders are deeply invested in the company. I take comfort in this type of alignment, as it suggests that the company will be run for the benefit of shareholders. At the current share price, this insider stake is worth 2.9 billion kr. That’s what I call serious skin in the game!

It means a lot to see insiders invested in the company, but I wonder if the compensation policies are shareholder-friendly. A brief analysis of CEO compensation suggests they are. I found out that the median total compensation of CEOs of companies like Garo Aktiebolag with market caps between 3.8 billion kr and 15 billion kr is around 6.6 million kr.

CEO of Garo Aktiebolag received 3.4 million kr in compensation for the year ended. That seems pretty reasonable, especially given that it’s below the median for companies of a similar size. CEO compensation isn’t the most important aspect of a company to consider, but when it’s reasonable, it gives me a bit more confidence that executives are looking out for shareholders’ interests. It can also be a sign of good governance more generally.

Does Garo Aktiebolag deserve a place on your watch list?

You cannot deny that Garo Aktiebolag has grown its earnings per share at a very impressive rate. It’s attractive. If you need more conviction beyond that EPS growth rate, don’t forget reasonable compensation and high insider participation. Each to their own taste, but I think all of this makes Garo Aktiebolag quite interesting. However, you should always think about the risks. Concrete example, we spotted 1 warning sign for Garo Aktiebolag you should be aware.

You can invest in the company of your choice. But if you’d rather focus on stocks that have been insider buying, here’s a list of companies that have been insider buying over the past three months.

Please note that insider trading discussed in this article refers to reportable trading in the relevant jurisdiction.

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