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Did Business Growth Power Delta Apparel's (NYSEMKT:DLA) Share Price Gain of 156%?

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The worst result, after buying shares in a company (assuming no leverage), would be if you lose all the money you put in. But on the bright side, if you buy shares in a high quality company at the right price, you can gain well over 100%. One great example is Delta Apparel, Inc. (NYSEMKT:DLA) which saw its share price drive 156% higher over five years. It's down 1.1% in the last seven days.

See our latest analysis for Delta Apparel

To quote Buffett, 'Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace...' One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company's share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

During five years of share price growth, Delta Apparel achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 88% per year. The EPS growth is more impressive than the yearly share price gain of 21% over the same period. Therefore, it seems the market has become relatively pessimistic about the company.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

AMEX:DLA Past and Future Earnings, September 9th 2019

We know that Delta Apparel has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? This free report showing analyst revenue forecasts should help you figure out if the EPS growth can be sustained.

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that Delta Apparel has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 22% in the last twelve months. That's better than the annualised return of 21% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Before deciding if you like the current share price, check how Delta Apparel scores on these 3 valuation metrics.

We will like Delta Apparel better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

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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