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We think all investors should try to buy and hold high quality multi-year winners. While the best companies are hard to find, but they can generate massive returns over long periods. Just think about the savvy investors who held Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) shares for the last five years, while they gained 314%. And this is just one example of the epic gains achieved by some long term investors. We note the stock price is up 3.8% in the last seven days.
On the back of a solid 7-day performance, let's check what role the company's fundamentals have played in driving long term shareholder returns.
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 flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
During five years of share price growth, Teledyne Technologies achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 8.1% per year. This EPS growth is lower than the 33% average annual increase in the share price. So it's fair to assume the market has a higher opinion of the business than it did five years ago. And that's hardly shocking given the track record of growth. This favorable sentiment is reflected in its (fairly optimistic) P/E ratio of 54.57.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
It's probably worth noting we've seen significant insider buying in the last quarter, which we consider a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of Teledyne Technologies' earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
Teledyne Technologies' TSR for the year was broadly in line with the market average, at 34%. Most would be happy with a gain, and it helps that the year's return is actually better than the average return over five years, which was 33%. Even if the share price growth slows down from here, there's a good chance that this is business worth watching in the long term. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Teledyne Technologies better, we need to consider many other factors. For instance, we've identified 3 warning signs for Teledyne Technologies (1 is concerning) that you should be aware of.
Teledyne Technologies 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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