Earnings growth vs. revenue growth.
When a company's management is writing off the things it should write off, or paying off debt before it comes due, it is going to make earnings appear to be growing more slowly than they really are, isn't it?
If that is true, doesn't it mean that in a really healthy company revenues should grow FASTER than earnings? Doesn't that, in turn, mean that when management claims earnings are growing faster than revenues, one should be suspicious of it's honesty or competence?
These are honest questions from someone trying to improve his understanding of fundamentals. They are not, in any sense, "trick" questions.
Thanks in advance to anyone who gives honest answers to these questions.