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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, you can make far more than 100% on a really good stock. For example, the MMA Capital Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMAC) share price has soared 265% in the last half decade. Most would be very happy with that. It's even up 9.2% in the last week.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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.
MMA Capital Holdings's earnings per share are down 7.7% per year, despite strong share price performance over five years. This means it's unlikely the market is judging the company based on earnings growth. Since the change in EPS doesn't seem to correlate with the change in share price, it's worth taking a look at other metrics.
It is not great to see that revenue has dropped by 31% per year over five years. So it seems one might have to take closer look at earnings and revenue trends to see how they might influence the share price.
The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.
This free interactive report on MMA Capital Holdings's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that MMA Capital Holdings has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 29% in the last twelve months. However, the TSR over five years, coming in at 30% per year, is even more impressive. If you would like to research MMA Capital Holdings in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
But note: MMA Capital Holdings may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
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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