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 SEI Investments (NASDAQ:SEIC). 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.
SEI Investments’ Earnings Per Share Are 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. That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. SEI Investments managed to grow EPS by 11% per year, over three years. That’s a pretty good rate, if the company can sustain it.
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. The music to the ears of SEI Investments shareholders is that EBIT margins have grown from 28% to 30% 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. For finer detail, click on the image.
Fortunately, we’ve got access to analyst forecasts of SEI Investments’ future profits. You can do your own forecasts without looking, or you can take a peek at what the professionals are predicting.
Are SEI Investments Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
Owing to the size of SEI Investments, 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. Notably, they have an enviable stake in the company, worth US$1.4b. That equates to 18% of the company, making insiders powerful and aligned with other shareholders. Very encouraging.
It’s good to see that insiders are invested in the company, but are remuneration levels reasonable? Well, based on the CEO pay, you’d argue that they are indeed. For companies with market capitalisations between US$4.0b and US$12b, like SEI Investments, the median CEO pay is around US$8.1m.
The SEI Investments CEO received total compensation of just US$1.9m in the year to December 2021. First impressions seem to indicate a compensation policy that is favourable to shareholders. CEO compensation is hardly the most important aspect of a company to consider, but when it’s reasonable, that gives a little more confidence that leadership are looking out for shareholder interests. Generally, arguments can be made that reasonable pay levels attest to good decision-making.
Should You Add SEI Investments To Your Watchlist?
One important encouraging feature of SEI Investments is that it is growing profits. The fact that EPS is growing is a genuine positive for SEI Investments, but the pleasant picture gets better than that. With a meaningful level of insider ownership, and reasonable CEO pay, a reasonable mind might conclude that this is one stock worth watching. We don’t want to rain on the parade too much, but we did also find 1 warning sign for SEI Investments that you need to be mindful 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 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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