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Introducing First Internet Bancorp (NASDAQ:INBK), The Stock That Slid 51% In The Last Year

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Even the best stock pickers will make plenty of bad investments. Anyone who held First Internet Bancorp (NASDAQ:INBK) over the last year knows what a loser feels like. The share price is down a hefty 51% in that time. However, the longer term returns haven’t been so bad, with the stock down 26% in the last three years. Unfortunately the share price momentum is still quite negative, with prices down 18% in thirty days. Importantly, this could be a market reaction to the recently released financial results. You can check out the latest numbers in our company report.

View our latest analysis for First Internet Bancorp

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…’ 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 unfortunate twelve months during which the First Internet Bancorp share price fell, it actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 7.9%. It could be that the share price was previously over-hyped. The divergence between the EPS and the share price is quite notable, during the year. But we might find some different metrics explain the share price movements better.

With a low yield of 1.3% we doubt that the dividend influences the share price much. First Internet Bancorp’s revenue is actually up 13% over the last year. Since we can’t easily explain the share price movement based on these metrics, it might be worth considering how market sentiment has changed towards the stock.

The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.

NasdaqGS:INBK Income Statement, March 26th 2019

We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

We’d be remiss not to mention the difference between First Internet Bancorp’s total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price return. The TSR attempts to capture the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested) as well as any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings offered to shareholders. Dividends have been really beneficial for First Internet Bancorp shareholders, and that cash payout explains why its total shareholder loss of 51%, over the last year, isn’t as bad as the share price return.

A Different Perspective

First Internet Bancorp shareholders are down 51% for the year (even including dividends), but the market itself is up 6.3%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 3.8% over the last half decade. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. 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.

First Internet Bancorp is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with 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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