While Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:BREW) shareholders are probably generally happy, the stock hasn't had particularly good run recently, with the share price falling 16% in the last quarter. In contrast the stock has done reasonably well over three years. It beat the market return of 49% in that time, gaining 58%.
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.
Craft Brew Alliance was able to grow its EPS at 23% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. The average annual share price increase of 17% is actually lower than the EPS growth. Therefore, it seems the market has moderated its expectations for growth, somewhat. Having said that, the market is still optimistic, given the P/E ratio of 63.53.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
Dive deeper into Craft Brew Alliance's key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Craft Brew Alliance's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market gained around 12% in the last year, Craft Brew Alliance shareholders lost 28%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 1.9% over the last half decade. We realise that Buffett has said investors should 'buy when there is blood on the streets', but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. Before spending more time on Craft Brew Alliance it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
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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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