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Imagine Holding Ubiquiti Networks (NASDAQ:UBNT) Shares While The Price Zoomed 357% Higher

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For us, stock picking is in large part the hunt for the truly magnificent stocks. Not every pick can be a winner, but when you pick the right stock, you can win big. One such superstar is Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:UBNT), which saw its share price soar 357% in three years. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 27% gain in the last three months.

See our latest analysis for Ubiquiti Networks

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).

During three years of share price growth, Ubiquiti Networks achieved compound earnings per share growth of 38% per year. In comparison, the 66% per year gain in the share price outpaces the EPS growth. So it’s fair to assume the market has a higher opinion of the business than it did three years ago. It’s not unusual to see the market ‘re-rate’ a stock, after a few years of growth.

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

NasdaqGS:UBNT Past and Future Earnings, March 12th 2019

We know that Ubiquiti Networks has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.

What About Dividends?

When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. We note that for Ubiquiti Networks the TSR over the last 3 years was 360%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that Ubiquiti Networks shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 104% over the last year. And that does include the dividend. That’s better than the annualised return of 21% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

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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