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Update: Regional Management (NYSE:RM) Stock Gained 47% In The Last Three Years

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Thanks in no small measure to Vanguard founder Jack Bogle, it's easy buy a low cost index fund, which should provide the average market return. But you can make superior returns by picking better-than average stocks. Notably, the Regional Management Corp. (NYSE:RM) share price has gained 47% in three years, which is better than the average market return. The bad news is that the share price seems to lack positive momentum recently, since it has dropped 24% in the last year.

Check out our latest analysis for Regional Management

While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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.

Regional Management was able to grow its EPS at 19% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. This EPS growth is higher than the 14% average annual increase in the share price. So it seems investors have become more cautious about the company, over time. This cautious sentiment is reflected in its (fairly low) P/E ratio of 8.17.

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

NYSE:RM Past and Future Earnings, April 8th 2019

We know that Regional Management has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? If you're interested, you could check this free report showing consensus revenue forecasts.

A Different Perspective

Investors in Regional Management had a tough year, with a total loss of 24%, against a market gain of about 12%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 2.5%, each year, over five years. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. Before forming an opinion on Regional Management you might want to consider these 3 valuation metrics.

Of course Regional Management 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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