Passive investing in index funds can generate returns that roughly match the overall market. But you can do a lot better than that by buying good quality businesses for attractive prices. For example, the Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFM) share price is 56% higher than it was five years ago, which is more than the market average. We're also happy to report the stock is up a healthy 26% in the last year.
So let's investigate and see if the longer term performance of the company has been in line with the underlying business' progress.
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. 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).
Over half a decade, Sprouts Farmers Market managed to grow its earnings per share at 21% a year. This EPS growth is higher than the 9% average annual increase in the share price. So it seems the market isn't so enthusiastic about the stock these days.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Sprouts Farmers Market's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that Sprouts Farmers Market has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 26% in the last twelve months. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 9%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. 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 Sprouts Farmers Market better, we need to consider many other factors. For instance, we've identified 2 warning signs for Sprouts Farmers Market (1 is a bit unpleasant) that you should be aware of.
Sprouts Farmers Market is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.
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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