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It's easy to match the overall market return by buying an index fund. While individual stocks can be big winners, plenty more fail to generate satisfactory returns. That downside risk was realized by LexinFintech Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ:LX) shareholders over the last year, as the share price declined 30%. That's well bellow the market return of 3.4%. Because LexinFintech Holdings hasn't been listed for many years, the market is still learning about how the business performs. Unfortunately the share price momentum is still quite negative, with prices down 16% in thirty days.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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.
LexinFintech Holdings stole the show with its EPS rocketing, in the last year. We don't think the growth guide to the sustainable growth rate in this case, but we do think this sort of increase is impressive. So we are surprised the share price is down. Some different data might shed some more light on the situation.
LexinFintech Holdings's revenue is actually up 72% over the last year. Since we can't easily explain the share price movement based on these metrics, it might be worth considering how market sentiment has changed towards the stock.
The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).
We know that LexinFintech Holdings has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think LexinFintech Holdings will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).
A Different Perspective
While LexinFintech Holdings shareholders are down 30% for the year, the market itself is up 3.4%. While the aim is to do better than that, it's worth recalling that even great long-term investments sometimes underperform for a year or more. Putting aside the last twelve months, it's good to see the share price has rebounded by 1.0%, in the last ninety days. This could just be a bounce because the selling was too aggressive, but fingers crossed it's the start of a new trend. Before forming an opinion on LexinFintech Holdings you might want to consider these 3 valuation metrics.
We will like LexinFintech Holdings better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
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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