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If You Had Bought Casella Waste Systems (NASDAQ:CWST) Shares Five Years Ago You'd Have Made 822%

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Long term investing can be life changing when you buy and hold the truly great businesses. While not every stock performs well, when investors win, they can win big. Just think about the savvy investors who held Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CWST) shares for the last five years, while they gained 822%. And this is just one example of the epic gains achieved by some long term investors. On the other hand, we note it's down 8.3% in about a month.

We love happy stories like this one. The company should be really proud of that performance!

Check out our latest analysis for Casella Waste Systems

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.

During the five years of share price growth, Casella Waste Systems moved from a loss to profitability. That kind of transition can be an inflection point that justifies a strong share price gain, just as we have seen here.

The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

NasdaqGS:CWST Past and Future Earnings, October 25th 2019

We know that Casella Waste Systems has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that Casella Waste Systems has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 33% in the last twelve months. However, that falls short of the 56% TSR per annum it has made for shareholders, each year, over five years. The pessimistic view would be that be that the stock has its best days behind it, but on the other hand the price might simply be moderating while the business itself continues to execute. If you would like to research Casella Waste Systems in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

But note: Casella Waste Systems may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).

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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