The worst result, after buying shares in a company (assuming no leverage), would be if you lose all the money you put in. But if you buy shares in a really great company, you can more than double your money. For instance the CSW Industrials, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSWI) share price is 110% higher than it was three years ago. That sort of return is as solid as granite. We note the stock price is up 1.5% in the last seven days.
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 imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.
CSW Industrials was able to grow its EPS at 33% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. We note that the 28% 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. Rather, the share price has approximately tracked EPS growth.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
It is of course excellent to see how CSW Industrials has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Different Perspective
Pleasingly, CSW Industrials's total shareholder return last year was 41%. That's including the dividend. So this year's TSR was actually better than the three-year TSR (annualized) of 28%. The improving returns to shareholders suggests the stock is becoming more popular with time. Before spending more time on CSW Industrials it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
We will like CSW Industrials 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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