Investors in AMETEK (NYSE:AME) have made a solid return of 113% over the past three years
The worst result, after buying shares in a company (assuming no leverage), would be if you lose all the money you put in. But in contrast you can make much more than 100% if the company does well. For instance the AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME) share price is 108% higher than it was three years ago. How nice for those who held the stock! In the last week shares have slid back 1.1%.
So let's investigate and see if the longer term performance of the company has been in line with the underlying business' progress.
See our latest analysis for AMETEK
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 imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.
During three years of share price growth, AMETEK achieved compound earnings per share growth of 10% per year. In comparison, the 28% per year gain in the share price outpaces the EPS growth. This indicates that the market is feeling more optimistic on the stock, after the last few years of progress. It is quite common to see investors become enamoured with a business, after a few years of solid progress.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
We know that AMETEK has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? Check if analysts think AMETEK will grow revenue in the future.
What About Dividends?
It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. The TSR is a return calculation that accounts for the value of cash dividends (assuming that any dividend received was reinvested) and the calculated value of any discounted capital raisings and spin-offs. It's fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. As it happens, AMETEK's TSR for the last 3 years was 113%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that AMETEK has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 11% in the last twelve months. And that does include the dividend. Having said that, the five-year TSR of 13% a year, is even better. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for AMETEK that you should be aware of before investing here.
Of course AMETEK may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
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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