With EPS Growth And More, Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC) Is Interesting

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For beginners, it can seem like a good idea (and an exciting prospect) to buy a company that tells a good story to investors, even if it completely lacks a track record of revenue and profit. But as Peter Lynch said in One Up On Wall Street, 'Long shots almost never pay off.'

If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC). Even if the shares are fully valued today, most capitalists would recognize its profits as the demonstration of steady value generation. Loss-making companies are always racing against time to reach financial sustainability, but time is often a friend of the profitable company, especially if it is growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Preferred Bank

Preferred Bank's Earnings Per Share Are 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. Impressively, Preferred Bank has grown EPS by 26% per year, compound, in the last three years. As a general rule, we'd say that if a company can keep up that sort of growth, shareholders will be smiling.

One way to double-check a company's growth is to look at how its revenue, and earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) margins are changing. I note that Preferred Bank's revenue from operations was lower than its revenue in the last twelve months, so that could distort my analysis of its margins. While we note Preferred Bank's EBIT margins were flat over the last year, revenue grew by a solid 14% to US$169m. That's a real positive.

You can take a look at the company's revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. Click on the chart to see the exact numbers.

NasdaqGS:PFBC Income Statement, February 26th 2020

The trick, as an investor, is to find companies that are going to perform well in the future, not just in the past. To that end, right now and today, you can check our visualization of consensus analyst forecasts for future Preferred Bank EPS 100% free.

Are Preferred Bank 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. So it is good to see that Preferred Bank insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock. Given insiders own a small fortune of shares, currently valued at US$62m, they have plenty of motivation to push the business to succeed. This should keep them focused on creating long term value for shareholders.

Is Preferred Bank Worth Keeping An Eye On?

You can't deny that Preferred Bank has grown its earnings per share at a very impressive rate. That's attractive. I think that EPS growth is something to boast of, and it doesn't surprise me that insiders are holding on to a considerable chunk of shares. So this is very likely the kind of business that I like to spend time researching, with a view to discerning its true value. Now, you could try to make up your mind on Preferred Bank by focusing on just these factors, or you could also consider how its price-to-earnings ratio compares to other companies in its industry.

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