Is Now The Time To Put Simpson Manufacturing (NYSE:SSD) On Your Watchlist?

Simply Wall St · 03/25 11:10

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 currently lacks a track record of revenue and 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. Loss making companies can act like a sponge for capital - so investors should be cautious that they're not throwing good money after bad.

So if this idea of high risk and high reward doesn't suit, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like Simpson Manufacturing (NYSE:SSD). Even if this company is fairly valued by the market, investors would agree that generating consistent profits will continue to provide Simpson Manufacturing with the means to add long-term value to shareholders.

Check out our latest analysis for Simpson Manufacturing

Simpson Manufacturing's Earnings Per Share Are Growing

If a company can keep growing earnings per share (EPS) long enough, its share price should eventually follow. So it makes sense that experienced investors pay close attention to company EPS when undertaking investment research. It certainly is nice to see that Simpson Manufacturing has managed to grow EPS by 25% per year over three years. If growth like this continues on into the future, then shareholders will have plenty to smile about.

Top-line growth is a great indicator that growth is sustainable, and combined with a high earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) margin, it's a great way for a company to maintain a competitive advantage in the market. While we note Simpson Manufacturing achieved similar EBIT margins to last year, revenue grew by a solid 4.6% to US$2.2b. That's progress.

You can take a look at the company's revenue and earnings growth trend, in the chart below. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.

NYSE:SSD Earnings and Revenue History March 25th 2024

The trick, as an investor, is to find companies that are going to perform well in the future, not just in the past. While crystal balls don't exist, you can check our visualization of consensus analyst forecasts for Simpson Manufacturing's future EPS 100% free.

Are Simpson Manufacturing Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

We would not expect to see insiders owning a large percentage of a US$8.6b company like Simpson Manufacturing. But we do take comfort from the fact that they are investors in the company. To be specific, they have US$41m worth of shares. That's a lot of money, and no small incentive to work hard. Even though that's only about 0.5% of the company, it's enough money to indicate alignment between the leaders of the business and ordinary 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. Our analysis has discovered that the median total compensation for the CEOs of companies like Simpson Manufacturing with market caps between US$4.0b and US$12b is about US$7.7m.

The Simpson Manufacturing CEO received US$5.1m in compensation for the year ending December 2023. That comes in below the average for similar sized companies and seems pretty reasonable. CEO compensation is hardly the most important aspect of a company to consider, but when it's reasonable, that gives a little more confidence that leadership are looking out for shareholder interests. It can also be a sign of a culture of integrity, in a broader sense.

Is Simpson Manufacturing Worth Keeping An Eye On?

For growth investors, Simpson Manufacturing's raw rate of earnings growth is a beacon in the night. If that's not enough, consider also that the CEO pay is quite reasonable, and insiders are well-invested alongside other shareholders. The overarching message here is that Simpson Manufacturing has underlying strengths that make it worth a look at. Before you take the next step you should know about the 1 warning sign for Simpson Manufacturing that we have uncovered.

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