December 2, 2021

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With EPS Growth And More, Kulicke and Soffa Industries (NASDAQ:KLIC) Is Interesting

Like a puppy chasing its tail, some new investors often chase ‘the next big thing’, even if that means buying ‘story stocks’ without revenue, let alone profit. 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.

In the age of tech-stock blue-sky investing, my choice may seem old fashioned; I still prefer profitable companies like Kulicke and Soffa Industries (NASDAQ:KLIC). 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.

Check out our latest analysis for Kulicke and Soffa Industries

How Fast Is Kulicke and Soffa Industries Growing Its Earnings Per Share?

In business, though not in life, profits are a key measure of success; and share prices tend to reflect earnings per share (EPS). So like the hint of a smile on a face that I love, growing EPS generally makes me look twice. You can imagine, then, that it almost knocked my socks off when I realized that Kulicke and Soffa Industries grew its EPS from US$0.69 to US$4.02, in one short year. When you see earnings grow that quickly, it often means good things ahead for the company. But the key is discerning whether something profound has changed, or if this is a just a one-off boost.

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 good news is that Kulicke and Soffa Industries is growing revenues, and EBIT margins improved by 15.6 percentage points to 23%, over the last year. Ticking those two boxes is a good sign of growth, in my book.

The chart below shows how the company’s bottom and top lines have progressed over time. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.

NasdaqGS:KLIC Earnings and Revenue History September 7th 2021

Of course the knack is to find stocks that have their best days in the future, not in the past. You could base your opinion on past performance, of course, but you may also want to check this interactive graph of professional analyst EPS forecasts for Kulicke and Soffa Industries.

Are Kulicke and Soffa Industries Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

It makes me feel more secure owning shares in a company if insiders also own shares, thusly more closely aligning our interests. As a result, I’m encouraged by the fact that insiders own Kulicke and Soffa Industries shares worth a considerable sum. Indeed, they have a glittering mountain of wealth invested in it, currently valued at US$113m. I would find that kind of skin in the game quite encouraging, if I owned shares, since it would ensure that the leaders of the company would also experience my success, or failure, with the stock.

Is Kulicke and Soffa Industries Worth Keeping An Eye On?

Kulicke and Soffa Industries’s earnings per share have taken off like a rocket aimed right at the moon. That EPS growth certainly has my attention, and the large insider ownership only serves to further stoke my interest. At times fast EPS growth is a sign the business has reached an inflection point; and I do like those. So to my mind Kulicke and Soffa Industries is worth putting on your watchlist; after all, shareholders do well when the market underestimates fast growing companies. It’s still necessary to consider the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 4 warning signs with Kulicke and Soffa Industries (at least 2 which are significant) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

Of course, you can do well (sometimes) buying stocks that are not growing earnings and do not have insiders buying shares. But as a growth investor I always like 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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