Do the FRP Advisory Group (LON: FRP) results deserve your attention?
Like a puppy chasing its tail, some new investors are often chasing “the next big thing,” even if that means buying “history stocks” with no income, let alone profit. But as Warren Buffett put it, “If you’ve been playing poker for half an hour and you still don’t know who the noise is, you are the noise.” When buying such historical stocks, investors are too often the fools.
In the age of investing in the blue sky of tech stocks, my choice may seem old-fashioned; I always prefer profitable businesses like PRF Advisory Group (LON: FRP). While that doesn’t make stocks worth buying at all costs, you can’t deny that successful capitalism ultimately requires profits. In comparison, loss-making companies act like a sponge for capital – but unlike such a sponge, they don’t always produce something when in a hurry.
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How fast is FRP Advisory Group increasing its earnings per share?
Even modest growth in earnings per share (EPS) can create significant value, when it is reliably sustained year over year. It is therefore not surprising that some investors are more inclined to invest in profitable companies. It is therefore astonishing that FRP Advisory Group’s EPS went from UK £ 0.0087 to UK £ 0.057 in just one year. While this rate of growth is unlikely to repeat itself, it does look like a breakout improvement. But the key is to discern if something deep has changed, or if it’s just a one-time boost.
One way to recheck a business’s growth is to look at how its income and profit before interest and tax (EBIT) have changed. The shareholders of FRP Advisory Group can be confident that EBIT margins are increasing from 8.0% to 21% and revenues are increasing. It’s great to see, on both counts.
The graph below shows how the company’s bottom line has progressed over time. To see the actual numbers, click on the graph.
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Are FRP Advisory Group insiders aligned with all shareholders?
I feel more secure owning shares in a company if insiders also own shares, thereby aligning our interests more closely. So it’s good to see that the insiders of FRP Advisory Group have significant capital invested in the stock. Indeed, they have invested a sparkling mountain of wealth, currently valued at £ 80million. This equates to 29% of the company, making insiders powerful and aligned with other shareholders. Very encouraging.
It’s good to see insiders invested in the company, but are the pay levels reasonable? Well, based on CEO pay, I would say they are indeed. I have found that the median total compensation of CEOs of companies like FRP Advisory Group with market caps between £ 144million and £ 576million is around £ 522,000.
FRP Advisory Group offered total compensation worth £ 278,000 to its CEO during the year to. Sounds reasonable enough, especially considering it is below the median for companies of similar size. Although the level of CEO compensation is not a big factor in my view of the company, modest compensation is positive, as it suggests that the board has the interests of shareholders in mind. It can also be a sign of good governance, more generally.
Is FRP Advisory Group Worth Watching?
FRP Advisory Group profits took off like any random cryptocurrency in 2017. The good news is that insiders have a mountain of stocks, and the CEO’s pay is quite reasonable. The strong improvement in BPA suggests that companies are buzzing. Big growth can make big winners, so I think the FRP Advisory Group deserves careful consideration. However, you should always think about the risks. Concrete example, we have spotted 1 warning sign for the FRP Advisory Group you must be aware.
Of course, you can (sometimes) buy stocks that are not growing income and not have insiders who buy stocks. But as a growth investor, I always like to check out companies that do have these characteristics. You can access a free list of them here.
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