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GeoPark’s (NYSE:GPRK) Wonderful 556% Share Price Increase Shows How Capitalism Can Build Wealth

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Investing can be hard but the potential fo an individual stock to pay off big time inspires us. You won’t get it right every time, but when you do, the returns can be truly splendid. For example, the GeoPark Limited (NYSE:GPRK) share price is up a whopping 556% in the last three years, a handsome return for long term holders. It’s also good to see the share price up 33% over the last quarter. This could be related to the recent financial results, released recently – you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.

It really delights us to see such great share price performance for investors.

View our latest analysis for GeoPark

While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.

GeoPark became profitable within the last three years. Given the importance of this milestone, it’s not overly surprising that the share price has increased strongly.

You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

NYSE:GPRK Past and Future Earnings, March 13th 2019

We’re pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. It’s always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of GeoPark’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that GeoPark shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 92% over the last year. That’s better than the annualised return of 20% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. Before deciding if you like the current share price, check how GeoPark scores on these 3 valuation metrics.

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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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