TechnologyTechnology NewsWith EPS Growth And More, FLEETCOR Technologies (NYSE:FLT) Makes An Interesting Case
TechnologyTechnology NewsWith EPS Growth And More, FLEETCOR Technologies (NYSE:FLT) Makes An Interesting Case
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With EPS Growth And More, FLEETCOR Technologies (NYSE:FLT) Makes An Interesting Case

For beginners, it can seem like a good idea (and an exciting prospect) to buy a company that tells a good story to investors, even if it currently lacks a track record of revenue and profit. But as Peter Lynch said in One Up On Wall Street, ‘Long shots almost never pay off.’ 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.

In contrast to all that, many investors prefer to focus on companies like FLEETCOR Technologies (NYSE:FLT), which has not only revenues, but also profits. Now this is not to say that the company presents the best investment opportunity around, but profitability is a key component to success in business.

View our latest analysis for FLEETCOR Technologies

FLEETCOR Technologies’ Earnings Per Share Are Growing

If a company can keep growing earnings per share (EPS) long enough, its share price should eventually follow. That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. We can see that in the last three years FLEETCOR Technologies grew its EPS by 7.8% 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 FLEETCOR Technologies achieved similar EBIT margins to last year, revenue grew by a solid 21% to US$3.4b. That’s encouraging news for the company!

In the chart below, you can see how the company has grown earnings and revenue over time. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.

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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 FLEETCOR Technologies?

Are FLEETCOR Technologies Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

Owing to the size of FLEETCOR Technologies, we wouldn’t expect insiders to hold a significant proportion of the company. But we do take comfort from the fact that they are investors in the company. Indeed, they have a considerable amount of wealth invested in it, currently valued at US$968m. Investors will appreciate management having this amount of skin in the game as it shows their commitment to the company’s future.

Should You Add FLEETCOR Technologies To Your Watchlist?

One positive for FLEETCOR Technologies is that it is growing EPS. That’s nice to see. To add an extra spark to the fire, significant insider ownership in the company is another highlight. That combination is very appealing. So yes, we do think the stock is worth keeping an eye on. We should say that we’ve discovered 1 warning sign for FLEETCOR Technologies 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 metrics important, 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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