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If you want to compound wealth in the stock market, you can do so by buying an index fund. But investors can boost returns by picking market-beating companies to own shares in. For example, the Grocery Outlet Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:GO) share price is up 36% in the last year, clearly besting the market return of around 24% (not including dividends). If it can keep that out-performance up over the long term, investors will do very well! We'll need to follow Grocery Outlet Holding for a while to get a better sense of its share price trend, since it hasn't been listed for particularly long.
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 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.
Grocery Outlet Holding boasted truly magnificent EPS growth in the last year. We don't think the exact number is a good guide to the sustainable growth rate, but we do think this sort of increase is impressive. So we're unsurprised to see the share price gaining ground. Strong growth like this can be evidence of a fundamental inflection point in the business, making it a good time to investigate the stock more closely.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
We know that Grocery Outlet Holding has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? This free interactive report on Grocery Outlet Holding's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
Grocery Outlet Holding boasts a total shareholder return of 36% for the last year. A substantial portion of that gain has come in the last three months, with the stock up 9.0% in that time. Demand for the stock from multiple parties is pushing the price higher; it could be that word is getting out about its virtues as a business. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. For example, we've discovered 2 warning signs for Grocery Outlet Holding that you should be aware of before investing here.
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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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