Here’s Why We Think Barrett Business Services (NASDAQ:BBSI) Might Deserve Your Attention Today

Here’s Why We Think Barrett Business Services (NASDAQ:BBSI) Might Deserve Your Attention Today

Investors are often guided by the idea of discovering ‘the next big thing’, even if that means buying ‘story stocks’ without any revenue, let alone profit. But the reality is that when a company loses money each year, for long enough, its investors will usually take their share of those losses. A loss-making company is yet to prove itself with profit, and eventually the inflow of external capital may dry up.

Despite being in the age of tech-stock blue-sky investing, many investors still adopt a more traditional strategy; buying shares in profitable companies like Barrett Business Services (NASDAQ:BBSI). Now this is not to say that the company presents the best investment opportunity around, but profitability is a key component to success in business.

See our latest analysis for Barrett Business Services

How Fast Is Barrett Business Services Growing?

Generally, companies experiencing growth in earnings per share (EPS) should see similar trends in share price. That means EPS growth is considered a real positive by most successful long-term investors. Impressively, Barrett Business Services has grown EPS by 20% 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 beaming.

It’s often helpful to take a look at earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) margins, as well as revenue growth, to get another take on the quality of the company’s growth. It was a year of stability for Barrett Business Services as both revenue and EBIT margins remained have been flat over the past year. That’s not bad, but it doesn’t point to ongoing future growth, either.

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.

Here’s Why We Think Barrett Business Services (NASDAQ:BBSI) Might Deserve Your Attention TodayHere’s Why We Think Barrett Business Services (NASDAQ:BBSI) Might Deserve Your Attention Today

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In investing, as in life, the future matters more than the past. So why not check out this free interactive visualization of Barrett Business Services’ forecast profits?

Are Barrett Business Services Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

It should give investors a sense of security owning shares in a company if insiders also own shares, creating a close alignment their interests. Barrett Business Services followers will find comfort in knowing that insiders have a significant amount of capital that aligns their best interests with the wider shareholder group. To be specific, they have US$28m worth of shares. That’s a lot of money, and no small incentive to work hard. Despite being just 3.4% of the company, the value of that investment is enough to show insiders have plenty riding on the venture.

Should You Add Barrett Business Services To Your Watchlist?

If you believe that share price follows earnings per share you should definitely be delving further into Barrett Business Services’ strong EPS growth. This EPS growth rate is something the company should be proud of, and so it’s no surprise that insiders are holding on to a considerable chunk of shares. Fast growth and confident insiders should be enough to warrant further research, so it would seem that it’s a good stock to follow. Of course, just because Barrett Business Services is growing does not mean it is undervalued. If you’re wondering about the valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

There’s always the possibility of doing well buying stocks that are not growing earnings and do not have insiders buying shares. But for those who consider these important metrics, we encourage you to check out companies that do have those features. You can access a tailored list of companies which have demonstrated growth backed by recent insider purchases.

Please note the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction.

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