Here’s why I think Haverty Furniture Companies (NYSE: HVT) is an interesting stock

For newbies, it might seem like a good idea (and an exciting prospect) to buy a business that tells a good story to investors, even if it lacks a history of revenue and profit altogether. Unfortunately, high-risk investments are often unlikely to pay off, and many investors pay a price to learn their lesson.

In the age of investing in the blue sky of tech stocks, my choice may seem old-fashioned; I always prefer profitable businesses like Haverty furniture companies (NYSE: HVT). While that doesn’t make stocks worth buying at all costs, you can’t deny that successful capitalism ultimately requires profits. While a well-funded business can suffer losses for years, unless its owners have an endless appetite to subsidize the customer, it will eventually have to generate a profit, or else take its last breath.

How fast are Haverty furniture companies increasing their earnings per share?

Over the past three years, earnings per share of Haverty Furniture Companies have taken off like a rocket; fast, and from a low base. So the actual growth rate doesn’t tell us much. So it makes sense to focus on more recent growth rates instead. As the last New Year’s Eve fireworks speeding through the skies, Haverty Furniture Companies’ EPS has fallen from US $ 2.10 to US $ 5.16 in the past year. You don’t see 146% year-over-year growth like that, very often. This could be a sign that the business has reached a real inflection point.

One way to check how a business is growing is to look at how its income and profit before interest and tax (EBIT) have changed. Shareholders of Haverty Furniture Companies can be confident that EBIT margins are up 3.1% to 11% 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. For more details, click on the image.

NYSE: HVT Revenue and Revenue History December 14, 2021

Fortunately, we have access to analyst forecasts from Haverty Furniture Companies future profits. You can make your own forecast without looking, or you can take a look at what the pros are predicting.

Are Haverty Furniture Company 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. Accordingly, I am encouraged that there are insiders who own shares of Haverty Furniture Companies of considerable value. Indeed, they hold 44 million US dollars of its shares. That’s a lot of money, and that’s no small incentive to work hard. This represents 7.9% of the company, demonstrating a high level of alignment with shareholders.

Do Haverty Furniture Companies Deserve A Place On Your Watchlist?

Haverty Furniture Companies’ earnings per share growth increased, like a mountain goat climbing the Alps. This BPA growth certainly has my attention, and the large insider ownership only serves to pique my interest further. Sometimes the rapid growth of BPA is a sign that the business has reached an inflection point; and I like those. So, in my opinion, Haverty Furniture Companies is worth putting on your watch list; after all, shareholders do well when the market underestimates fast-growing companies. Even so, know that Haverty Furniture Companies watch 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of them concerns …

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