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If You Had Bought Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings (NASDAQ:OLLI) Stock Three Years Ago, You Could Pocket A 236% Gain Today

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The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But in contrast you can make much more than 100% if the company does well. For instance the Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:OLLI) share price is 236% higher than it was three years ago. How nice for those who held the stock! The last week saw the share price soften some 1.8%.

See our latest analysis for Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings

To quote Buffett, 'Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace...' 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).

Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings was able to grow its EPS at 47% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. We note that the 50% yearly (average) share price gain isn't too far from the EPS growth rate. Coincidence? Probably not. That suggests that the market sentiment around the company hasn't changed much over that time. Au contraire, the share price change has arguably mimicked the EPS growth.

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

NasdaqGM:OLLI Past and Future Earnings, July 19th 2019

We're pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. This free interactive report on Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings's earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings shareholders have gained 18% (in total) over the last year. The TSR has been even better over three years, coming in at 50% per year. Before spending more time on Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

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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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