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For many investors, the main point of stock picking is to generate higher returns than the overall market. But its virtually certain that sometimes you will buy stocks that fall short of the market average returns. We regret to report that long term Switch, Inc. (NYSE:SWCH) shareholders have had that experience, with the share price dropping 16% in three years, versus a market return of about 42%. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 10% in the last three months.
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. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.
During the three years that the share price fell, Switch's earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 9.5% each year. This fall in the EPS is worse than the 5% compound annual share price fall. This suggests that the market retains some optimism around long term earnings stability, despite past EPS declines. With a P/E ratio of 134.42, it's fair to say the market sees a brighter future for the business.
The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We know that Switch has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? Check if analysts think Switch will grow revenue in the future.
A Different Perspective
Switch produced a TSR of 8.6% over the last year. Unfortunately this falls short of the market return of around 21%. The silver lining is that the recent rise is far preferable to the annual loss of 4% that shareholders have suffered over the last three years. We hope the turnaround in fortunes continues. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Switch better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Switch (including 1 which is is potentially serious) .
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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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