Ideally, your overall portfolio should beat the market average. But the main game is to find enough winners to more than offset the losers At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:ABG), since the last five years saw the share price fall 31%. And we doubt long term believers are the only worried holders, since the stock price has declined 28% over the last twelve months. It's down 42% in about a quarter.
While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.
While the share price declined over five years, Asbury Automotive Group actually managed to increase EPS by an average of 21% per year. So it doesn't seem like EPS is a great guide to understanding how the market is valuing the stock. Or possibly, the market was previously very optimistic, so the stock has disappointed, despite improving EPS.
Due to the lack of correlation between the EPS growth and the falling share price, it's worth taking a look at other metrics to try to understand the share price movement.
In contrast to the share price, revenue has actually increased by 2.8% a year in the five year period. So it seems one might have to take closer look at the fundamentals to understand why the share price languishes. After all, there may be an opportunity.
You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that Asbury Automotive Group has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? You can see what analysts are predicting for Asbury Automotive Group in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market lost about 3.2% in the twelve months, Asbury Automotive Group shareholders did even worse, losing 28%. However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there's a good opportunity. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 7.2% per year over five years. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Even so, be aware that Asbury Automotive Group is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 2 of those are a bit concerning...
We will like Asbury Automotive Group better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
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