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By buying an index fund, investors can approximate the average market return. But if you buy good businesses at attractive prices, your portfolio returns could exceed the average market return. Just take a look at Altice USA, Inc. (NYSE:ATUS), which is up 84%, over three years, soundly beating the market return of 53% (not including dividends). On the other hand, the returns haven't been quite so good recently, with shareholders up just 48%.
To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. 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).
Over the last three years, Altice USA failed to grow earnings per share, which fell 13% (annualized).
So we doubt that the market is looking to EPS for its main judge of the company's value. Therefore, we think it's worth considering other metrics as well.
We severely doubt anyone is particularly impressed with the modest 2.0% three-year revenue growth rate. So truth be told we can't see an easy explanation for the share price action, but perhaps you can...
The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
Altice USA is a well known stock, with plenty of analyst coverage, suggesting some visibility into future growth. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts
A Different Perspective
We're pleased to report that Altice USA rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 48% over the last year. That gain actually surpasses the 23% TSR it generated (per year) over three years. The improving returns to shareholders suggests the stock is becoming more popular with time. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. For instance, we've identified 3 warning signs for Altice USA (2 are concerning) that you should be aware of.
For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.
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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