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Positive earnings growth hasn't been enough to get Genuit Group (LON:GEN) shareholders a favorable return over the last year

Passive investing in an index fund is a good way to ensure your own returns roughly match the overall market. When you buy individual stocks, you can make higher profits, but you also face the risk of under-performance. That downside risk was realized by Genuit Group plc (LON:GEN) shareholders over the last year, as the share price declined 31%. That's well below the market decline of 1.8%. On the other hand, the stock is actually up 4.7% over three years. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 12% in the last 90 days.

On a more encouraging note the company has added UK£58m to its market cap in just the last 7 days, so let's see if we can determine what's driven the one-year loss for shareholders.

See our latest analysis for Genuit Group

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company's share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

During the unfortunate twelve months during which the Genuit Group share price fell, it actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 97%. 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.

Genuit Group's revenue is actually up 49% over the last year. Since we can't easily explain the share price movement based on these metrics, it might be worth considering how market sentiment has changed towards the stock.

You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

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We know that Genuit Group has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Genuit Group stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

A Different Perspective

Genuit Group shareholders are down 29% for the year (even including dividends), but the market itself is up 1.8%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 4% per year over half a decade. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. 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. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Genuit Group you should know about.

If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on GB exchanges.

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