It’s not uncommon for many investors, especially those who are inexperienced, to buy shares of companies with good stories, even when those companies are losing money. But the reality is that when a company loses money every year for long enough, its investors usually share those losses. Loss-making companies can act like sponges for absorbing capital — so investors should be wary that they don’t throw good money into bad debt.
In contrast, many investors prefer to focus on Internet Alliance (WSE:IUS), which not only has revenue, but also profits. Even if the company’s market valuation is reasonable, investors will agree that generating steady profits will continue to provide Internet Union with the means to add long-term value to shareholders.
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How Fast Is Internet Union’s EPS Growing?
Even if the growth rate is very modest, if a company improves its earnings per share (EPS) year after year, it will usually do well. So it’s no surprise that some investors prefer to invest in profitable businesses. Last year, Internet Union increased its earnings per share from zł0.29 to zł0.31. That’s a modest increase of 7.7%.
One way to scrutinize a company’s growth is to look at changes in its revenue and earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) margins. Internet Union’s EBIT margin remained largely unchanged last year, but the company should be pleased to report a 14% increase in revenue to PLN 12 million. This is encouraging news for the company!
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Internet Union is not a big company, considering its market capitalization of PLN 4.2 billion. That makes it all the more important to check the strength of its balance sheet.
Are Internet Consortium Insiders Aligning All Shareholders?
Seeing insiders own a majority of outstanding stock is usually a good sign. Their incentives will align with investors, and a sudden sell-off is less likely to affect the share price. So people interested in Netfed will be happy to know that insiders have expressed their beliefs, owning a large percentage of the company. To be precise, company insiders own 90% of the company, so their decisions have a significant impact on their investments. That suggests they’ll be incentivized to plan for the long term — a positive for shareholders with a wait-and-hold strategy. With a valuation of only zł42m Internet Union is really small for a public company. Therefore, despite the large shareholding, insiders only hold shares worth PLN 38 million. That’s not a huge stake in absolute terms, but it should help align insiders with other shareholders.
Is the Internet Alliance Worth Watching?
An important encouraging feature of the Internet Alliance is its growing profits. For those looking for more, a high level of insider ownership reinforces our enthusiasm for this growth. These two factors are a huge bright spot for the company, and it should be a strong contender for your watchlist. Don’t forget that there may still be risks.For example, we have determined 4 Warning Signs of the Internet Coalition (3 should not be ignored) You should know.
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