The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 16% in the last quarter. Looking further back, the stock has generated good profits over five years. Its return of 65% has certainly bested the market return!
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
During five years of share price growth, Cooper Companies achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 11% per year. This EPS growth is reasonably close to the 11% average annual increase in the share price. Therefore one could conclude that sentiment towards the shares hasn't morphed very much. Rather, the share price has approximately tracked EPS growth.
The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We know that Cooper Companies has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? You could check out this free report showing analyst revenue forecasts.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Cooper Companies shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 1.7% over the last year. And that does include the dividend. Having said that, the five-year TSR of 11% a year, is even better. The pessimistic view would be that be that the stock has its best days behind it, but on the other hand the price might simply be moderating while the business itself continues to execute. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Cooper Companies better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should be aware of the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Cooper Companies .
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Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.
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