Investors are often guided by the idea of discovering ‘the next big thing’, even if that means buying ‘story stocks’ without any revenue, let alone profit. 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.
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 D.R. Horton (NYSE:DHI). Even if this company is fairly valued by the market, investors would agree that generating consistent profits will continue to provide D.R. Horton with the means to add long-term value to shareholders.
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How Fast Is D.R. Horton Growing?
The market is a voting machine in the short term, but a weighing machine in the long term, so you’d expect share price to follow earnings per share (EPS) outcomes eventually. So it makes sense that experienced investors pay close attention to company EPS when undertaking investment research. To the delight of shareholders, D.R. Horton has achieved impressive annual EPS growth of 58%, compound, over the last three years. While that sort of growth rate isn’t sustainable for long, it certainly catches the eye of prospective investors.
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. It’s noted that, last year, D.R. Horton’s revenue from operations was lower than its revenue, so that could distort our analysis of its margins. The music to the ears of D.R. Horton shareholders is that EBIT margins have grown from 19% to 23% in the last 12 months and revenues are on an upwards trend as well. Both of which are great metrics to check off for potential growth.
The chart below shows how the company’s bottom and top lines have progressed over time. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.
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 D.R. Horton?
Are D.R. Horton Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
We would not expect to see insiders owning a large percentage of a US$32b company like D.R. Horton. 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$321m. Holders should find this level of insider commitment quite encouraging, since it would ensure that the leaders of the company would also experience their success, or failure, with the stock.
Should You Add D.R. Horton To Your Watchlist?
D.R. Horton’s earnings per share have been soaring, with growth rates sky high. That EPS growth certainly is attention grabbing, and the large insider ownership only serves to further stoke our interest. The hope is, of course, that the strong growth marks a fundamental improvement in the business economics. Based on the sum of its parts, we definitely think its worth watching D.R. Horton very closely. It is worth noting though that we have found 3 warning signs for D.R. Horton (2 are significant!) that you need to take into consideration.
Although D.R. Horton certainly looks good, it may appeal to more investors if insiders were buying up shares. If you like to see insider buying, then this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying, could be exactly what you’re looking for.
Please note the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction.
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