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Investors in Lynch Group Holdings (ASX:LGL) have unfortunately lost 38% over the last year

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Investors can approximate the average market return by buying an index fund. While individual stocks can be big winners, plenty more fail to generate satisfactory returns. For example, the Lynch Group Holdings Limited (ASX:LGL) share price is down 39% in the last year. That falls noticeably short of the market decline of around 5.2%. We wouldn't rush to judgement on Lynch Group Holdings because we don't have a long term history to look at. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 27% in the last three months.

Now let's have a look at the company's fundamentals, and see if the long term shareholder return has matched the performance of the underlying business.

View our latest analysis for Lynch Group Holdings

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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 the unfortunate twelve months during which the Lynch Group Holdings share price fell, it actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 19%. It could be that the share price was previously over-hyped.

It's fair to say that the share price does not seem to be reflecting the EPS growth. So it's easy to justify a look at some other metrics.

We don't see any weakness in the Lynch Group Holdings' dividend so the steady payout can't really explain the share price drop. The revenue trend doesn't seem to explain why the share price is down. Of course, it could simply be that it simply fell short of the market consensus expectations.

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

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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. This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Lynch Group Holdings

A Different Perspective

While Lynch Group Holdings shareholders are down 38% for the year (even including dividends), the market itself is up 5.2%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. With the stock down 27% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. To that end, you should be aware of the 4 warning signs we've spotted with Lynch Group Holdings .

Lynch Group Holdings 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 AU exchanges.

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