Mission Produce (NASDAQ:AVO) investors are sitting on a loss of 16% if they invested a year ago
The simplest way to benefit from a rising market is to buy an index fund. But if you buy individual stocks, you can do both better or worse than that. Investors in Mission Produce, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVO) have tasted that bitter downside in the last year, as the share price dropped 16%. That contrasts poorly with the market return of 5.6%. We wouldn't rush to judgement on Mission Produce because we don't have a long term history to look at. It's down 28% in about a quarter.
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.
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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 the unfortunate twelve months during which the Mission Produce share price fell, it actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 41%. It's quite possible that growth expectations may have been unreasonable in the past.
It's surprising to see the share price fall so much, despite the improved EPS. So it's easy to justify a look at some other metrics.
Mission Produce's revenue is actually up 3.4% over the last year. Since the fundamental metrics don't readily explain the share price drop, there might be an opportunity if the market has overreacted.
The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
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. This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Mission Produce
A Different Perspective
While Mission Produce shareholders are down 16% for the year, the market itself is up 5.6%. While the aim is to do better than that, it's worth recalling that even great long-term investments sometimes underperform for a year or more. Notably, the loss over the last year isn't as bad as the 28% drop in the last three months. This probably signals that the business has recently disappointed shareholders - it will take time to win them back. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Mission Produce better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 1 warning sign with Mission Produce , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
Mission Produce 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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