The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. To wit, the Generac Holdings Inc. (NYSE:GNRC) share price has flown 129% in the last three years. That sort of return is as solid as granite. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 28% 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...' 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 three years of share price growth, Generac Holdings achieved compound earnings per share growth of 54% per year. This EPS growth is higher than the 32% average annual increase in the share price. Therefore, it seems the market has moderated its expectations for growth, somewhat.
The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
It is of course excellent to see how Generac Holdings has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. If you are thinking of buying or selling Generac Holdings stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that Generac Holdings has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 36% in the last twelve months. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 13% 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 would like to research Generac Holdings in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
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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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