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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. To wit, the G. Willi-Food International Ltd. (NASDAQ:WILC) share price has flown 150% in the last three years. Most would be happy with that. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 23% gain in the last three months.
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 flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
G. Willi-Food International was able to grow its EPS at 55% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. The average annual share price increase of 36% is actually lower than the EPS growth. So one could reasonably conclude that the market has cooled on the stock.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of G. Willi-Food International's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Dividend Lost
The value of past dividends are accounted for in the total shareholder return (TSR), but not in the share price return mentioned above. In some ways, TSR is a better measure of how well an investment has performed. G. Willi-Food International's TSR over the last 3 years is 166%; better than its share price return. Even though the company isn't paying dividends at the moment, it has done in the past.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that G. Willi-Food International shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 49% over the last year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 7.7%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. 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.
There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are 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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