Is Now The Time To Put Skyward Specialty Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SKWD) On Your Watchlist?

Skyward Specialty Insurance Group Inc. +1.61%

Skyward Specialty Insurance Group Inc.

SKWD

34.69

+1.61%

It's common for many investors, especially those who are inexperienced, to buy shares in companies with a good story even if these companies are loss-making. 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.

If this kind of company isn't your style, you like companies that generate revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Skyward Specialty Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SKWD). While this doesn't necessarily speak to whether it's undervalued, the profitability of the business is enough to warrant some appreciation - especially if its growing.

View our latest analysis for Skyward Specialty Insurance Group

How Fast Is Skyward Specialty Insurance Group Growing Its Earnings Per Share?

Over the last three years, Skyward Specialty Insurance Group has grown earnings per share (EPS) at as impressive rate from a relatively low point, resulting in a three year percentage growth rate that isn't particularly indicative of expected future performance. Thus, it makes sense to focus on more recent growth rates, instead. Outstandingly, Skyward Specialty Insurance Group's EPS shot from US$1.24 to US$2.11, over the last year. Year on year growth of 71% is certainly a sight to behold. Shareholders will be hopeful that this is a sign of the company reaching an inflection point.

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. The good news is that Skyward Specialty Insurance Group is growing revenues, and EBIT margins improved by 4.8 percentage points to 14%, over the last year. Both of which are great metrics to check off for potential growth.

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.

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NasdaqGS:SKWD Earnings and Revenue History March 30th 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 Skyward Specialty Insurance Group's future EPS 100% free.

Are Skyward Specialty Insurance Group 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. Skyward Specialty Insurance Group followers will find comfort in knowing that insiders have a significant amount of capital that aligns their best interests with the wider shareholder group. Notably, they have an enviable stake in the company, worth US$264m. Coming in at 18% of the business, that holding gives insiders a lot of influence, and plenty of reason to generate value for shareholders. Looking very optimistic for investors.

It means a lot to see insiders invested in the business, but shareholders may be wondering if remuneration policies are in their best interest. A brief analysis of the CEO compensation suggests they are. For companies with market capitalisations between US$1.0b and US$3.2b, like Skyward Specialty Insurance Group, the median CEO pay is around US$5.1m.

The CEO of Skyward Specialty Insurance Group only received US$2.5m in total compensation for the year ending December 2022. That's clearly well below average, so at a glance that arrangement seems generous to shareholders and points to a modest remuneration culture. 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. Generally, arguments can be made that reasonable pay levels attest to good decision-making.

Should You Add Skyward Specialty Insurance Group To Your Watchlist?

Skyward Specialty Insurance Group's earnings per share have been soaring, with growth rates sky high. The sweetener is that insiders have a mountain of stock, and the CEO remuneration is quite reasonable. The drastic earnings growth indicates the business is going from strength to strength. Hopefully a trend that continues well into the future. Skyward Specialty Insurance Group is certainly doing some things right and is well worth investigating. Even so, be aware that Skyward Specialty Insurance Group is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about...

While opting for stocks without growing earnings and absent insider buying can yield results, for investors valuing these key metrics, here is a carefully selected list of companies in the US with promising growth potential and insider confidence.

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

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