The last three months have been tough on Destination XL Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXLG) shareholders, who have seen the share price decline a rather worrying 38%. But that isn't a problem when you consider how the share price has soared over the last year. In that time, shareholders have had the pleasure of a 575% boost to the share price. So it is not that surprising to see the stock retrace a little. While winners often keep winning, it can pay to be cautious after a strong rise. We love happy stories like this one. The company should be really proud of that performance!
With that in mind, it's worth seeing if the company's underlying fundamentals have been the driver of long term performance, or if there are some discrepancies.
To quote Buffett, 'Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace...' 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 last year Destination XL Group grew its earnings per share, moving from a loss to a profit.
We think the growth looks very prospective, so we're not surprised the market liked it too. Generally speaking the profitability inflection point is a great time to research a company closely, lest you miss an opportunity to profit.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
We know that Destination XL Group has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? Check if analysts think Destination XL Group will grow revenue in the future.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Destination XL Group shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 575% over the last year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 7%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 3 warning signs with Destination XL Group , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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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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