It is doubtless a positive to see that the Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPAA) share price has gained some 53% in the last three months. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last five years have been less than pleasing. After all, the share price is down 24% in that time, significantly under-performing the market.
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 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).
Motorcar Parts of America became profitable within the last five years. That would generally be considered a positive, so we are surprised to see the share price is down. Other metrics might give us a better handle on how its value is changing over time.
Revenue is actually up 8.4% over the time period. A more detailed examination of the revenue and earnings may or may not explain why the share price languishes; there could be an opportunity.
The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that Motorcar Parts of America has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? You can see what analysts are predicting for Motorcar Parts of America in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.
A Different Perspective
Motorcar Parts of America shareholders gained a total return of 9.4% during the year. Unfortunately this falls short of the market return. But at least that's still a gain! Over five years the TSR has been a reduction of 4% per year, over five years. So this might be a sign the business has turned its fortunes around. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Motorcar Parts of America better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 4 warning signs for Motorcar Parts of America you should be aware of, and 1 of them shouldn't be ignored.
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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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