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When you buy shares in a company, it's worth keeping in mind the possibility that it could fail, and you could lose your money. But when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. Long term Gear4music (Holdings) plc (LON:G4M) shareholders would be well aware of this, since the stock is up 174% in five years. On top of that, the share price is up 64% in about a quarter. The company reported its financial results recently; you can catch up on the latest numbers by reading our company report.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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 last half decade, Gear4music (Holdings) became profitable. That kind of transition can be an inflection point that justifies a strong share price gain, just as we have seen here. Since the company was unprofitable five years ago, but not three years ago, it's worth taking a look at the returns in the last three years, too. We can see that the Gear4music (Holdings) share price is down 50% in the last three years. During the same period, EPS grew by 2.5% each year. It would appear there's a real mismatch between the increasing EPS and the share price, which has declined -21% a year for three years.
The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We know that Gear4music (Holdings) 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
It's good to see that Gear4music (Holdings) has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 80% in the last twelve months. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 22% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Gear4music (Holdings) better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should be aware of the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Gear4music (Holdings) .
Of course Gear4music (Holdings) 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 GB exchanges.
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