Long term investing works well, but it doesn't always work for each individual stock. It hits us in the gut when we see fellow investors suffer a loss. Imagine if you held Shiloh Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHLO) for half a decade as the share price tanked 70%. And it's not just long term holders hurting, because the stock is down 38% in the last year. It's down 9.0% in the last seven days.
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In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. 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).
Shiloh Industries became profitable within the last five years. Most would consider that to be a good thing, so it's counter-intuitive to see the share price declining. Other metrics might give us a better handle on how its value is changing over time.
In contrast to the share price, revenue has actually increased by 6.2% a year in the five year period. A more detailed examination of the revenue and earnings may or may not explain why the share price languishes; there could be an opportunity.
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.
We know that Shiloh Industries has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Shiloh Industries stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
Investors in Shiloh Industries had a tough year, with a total loss of 38%, against a market gain of about 3.5%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 22% per year over five years. 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. Is Shiloh Industries cheap compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
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