Some have more dollars than sense, they say, so even companies that have no revenue, no profit, and a record of falling short, can easily find investors. But as Warren Buffett has mused, ‘If you’ve been playing poker for half an hour and you still don’t know who the patsy is, you’re the patsy.’ When they buy such story stocks, investors are all too often the patsy.
If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in German American Bancorp (NASDAQ:GABC). Now, I’m not saying that the stock is necessarily undervalued today; but I can’t shake an appreciation for the profitability of the business itself. Conversely, a loss-making company is yet to prove itself with profit, and eventually the sweet milk of external capital may run sour.
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How Fast Is German American Bancorp Growing?
As one of my mentors once told me, share price follows earnings per share (EPS). That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. German American Bancorp managed to grow EPS by 16% per year, over three years. That’s a good rate of growth, if it can be sustained.
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. I note that German American Bancorp’s revenue from operations was lower than its revenue in the last twelve months, so that could distort my analysis of its margins. German American Bancorp maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 16% to US$216m. That’s a real positive.
In the chart below, you can see how the company has grown earnings, and revenue, over time. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.
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Are German American Bancorp Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
I like company leaders to have some skin in the game, so to speak, because it increases alignment of incentives between the people running the business, and its true owners. So it is good to see that German American Bancorp insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock. With a whopping US$62m worth of shares as a group, insiders have plenty riding on the company’s success. This should keep them focused on creating long term value for shareholders.
It’s good to see that insiders are invested in the company, but are remuneration levels reasonable? A brief analysis of the CEO compensation suggests they are. I discovered that the median total compensation for the CEOs of companies like German American Bancorp with market caps between US$400m and US$1.6b is about US$2.3m.
German American Bancorp offered total compensation worth US$1.4m to its CEO in the year to . That seems pretty reasonable, especially given its below the median for similar sized companies. While the level of CEO compensation isn’t a huge factor in my view of the company, modest remuneration is a positive, because it suggests that the board keeps shareholder interests in mind. It can also be a sign of a culture of integrity, in a broader sense.
Should You Add German American Bancorp To Your Watchlist?
One positive for German American Bancorp is that it is growing EPS. That’s nice to see. Earnings growth might be the main game for German American Bancorp, but the fun does not stop there. Boasting both modest CEO pay and considerable insider ownership, I’d argue this one is worthy of the watchlist, at least. We should say that we’ve discovered 1 warning sign for German American Bancorp that you should be aware of before investing here.
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