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Imagine Holding Air Canada (TSE:AC) Shares While The Price Zoomed 302% Higher

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We think all investors should try to buy and hold high quality multi-year winners. While the best companies are hard to find, but they can generate massive returns over long periods. To wit, the Air Canada (TSE:AC) share price has soared 302% over five years. This just goes to show the value creation that some businesses can achieve. In the last week the share price is up 2.4%.

Check out our latest analysis for Air Canada

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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.

Over half a decade, Air Canada managed to grow its earnings per share at 95% a year. This EPS growth is higher than the 32% average annual increase in the share price. So it seems the market isn't so enthusiastic about the stock these days. Of course, with a P/E ratio of 53.05, the market remains optimistic.

The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

TSX:AC Past and Future Earnings, May 6th 2019

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Air Canada's earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Air Canada shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 35% over the last year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 32% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. If you want to research this stock further, the data on insider buying is an obvious place to start. You can click here to see who has been buying shares - and the price they paid.

Air Canada is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on CA exchanges.

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