Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 20% in the last month. But over the last half decade, the stock has not performed well. After all, the share price is down 38% in that time, significantly under-performing the market.
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.
During the five years over which the share price declined, Clearfield’s earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 8.0% each year. Notably, the share price has fallen at 9.0% per year, fairly close to the change in the EPS. That suggests that the market sentiment around the company hasn’t changed much over that time. So it’s fair to say the share price has been responding to changes in EPS.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
It’s probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. This free interactive report on Clearfield’s earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
It’s good to see that Clearfield has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 5.6% in the last twelve months. Notably the five-year annualised TSR loss of 9.0% per year compares very unfavourably with the recent share price performance. This makes us a little wary, but the business might have turned around its fortunes. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.
If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).
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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