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Here's Why We Think PACCAR (NASDAQ:PCAR) Is Well Worth Watching

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Some have more dollars than sense, they say, so even companies that have no revenue, no profit, and a record of falling short, can easily find investors. 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.

If, on the other hand, you like companies that have revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in PACCAR (NASDAQ:PCAR). 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.

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How Fast Is PACCAR Growing Its Earnings Per Share?

Over the last three years, PACCAR has grown earnings per share (EPS) like young bamboo after rain; fast, and from a low base. So I don't think the percent growth rate is particularly meaningful. Thus, it makes sense to focus on more recent growth rates, instead. It's good to see that PACCAR's EPS have grown from US$6.27 to US$7.01 over twelve months. That's a 12% gain; respectable growth in the broader scheme of things.

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 PACCAR'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 PACCAR's EBIT margins were flat over the last year, revenue grew by a solid 14% to US$26b. That's progress.

The chart below shows how the company's bottom and top lines have progressed over time. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.

NasdaqGS:PCAR Income Statement, December 16th 2019

Fortunately, we've got access to analyst forecasts of PACCAR's future profits. You can do your own forecasts without looking, or you can take a peek at what the professionals are predicting.

Are PACCAR Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

We would not expect to see insiders owning a large percentage of a US$28b company like PACCAR. But we are reassured by the fact they have invested in the company. Indeed, they have a glittering mountain of wealth invested in it, currently valued at US$522m. 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.

It means a lot to see insiders invested in the business, but I find myself wondering if remuneration policies are shareholder friendly. Well, based on the CEO pay, I'd say they are indeed. I discovered that the median total compensation for the CEOs of companies like PACCAR, with market caps over US$8.0b, is about US$11m.

The CEO of PACCAR only received US$2.9m in total compensation for the year ending December 2018. That's clearly well below average, so at a glance, that arrangement seems generous to shareholders, and points to a modest remuneration culture. While the level of CEO compensation isn't a huge factor in my view of the company, modest remuneration is a positive, because it suggests that the board keeps shareholder interests in mind. It can also be a sign of a culture of integrity, in a broader sense.

Does PACCAR Deserve A Spot On Your Watchlist?

One positive for PACCAR is that it is growing EPS. That's nice to see. Earnings growth might be the main game for PACCAR, but the fun does not stop there. With a meaningful level of insider ownership, and reasonable CEO pay, a reasonable mind might conclude that this is one stock worth watching. Of course, identifying quality businesses is only half the battle; investors need to know whether the stock is undervalued. So you might want to consider this free discounted cashflow valuation of PACCAR.

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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