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Some Live Oak Bancshares (NASDAQ:LOB) Shareholders Are Down 47%

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For many investors, the main point of stock picking is to generate higher returns than the overall market. But the risk of stock picking is that you will likely buy under-performing companies. We regret to report that long term Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOB) shareholders have had that experience, with the share price dropping 47% in three years, versus a market return of about 29%. Furthermore, it's down 21% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders. This could be related to the recent financial results - you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.

View our latest analysis for Live Oak Bancshares

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 three years that the share price fell, Live Oak Bancshares's earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 23% each year. In comparison the 19% compound annual share price decline isn't as bad as the EPS drop-off. So the market may not be too worried about the EPS figure, at the moment -- or it may have previously priced some of the drop in. With a P/E ratio of 65.40, it's fair to say the market sees a brighter future for the business.

The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

NasdaqGS:LOB Past and Future Earnings May 27th 2020
NasdaqGS:LOB Past and Future Earnings May 27th 2020

It's good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That's a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. This free interactive report on Live Oak Bancshares's earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

Over the last year, Live Oak Bancshares shareholders took a loss of 18% , including dividends . In contrast the market gained about 7.0%. Of course the long term matters more than the short term, and even great stocks will sometimes have a poor year. However, the loss over the last year isn't as bad as the 18% per annum loss investors have suffered over the last three years. We'd need clear signs of growth in the underlying business before we could muster much enthusiasm for this one. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Live Oak Bancshares better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that Live Oak Bancshares is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is a bit concerning...

Live Oak Bancshares is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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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