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Those who invested in ON Semiconductor (NASDAQ:ON) five years ago are up 265%

ON Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:ON) shareholders have seen the share price descend 19% over the month. But in stark contrast, the returns over the last half decade have impressed. It's fair to say most would be happy with 265% the gain in that time. To some, the recent pullback wouldn't be surprising after such a fast rise. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean it's cheap now.

Now it's worth having a look at the company's fundamentals too, because that will help us determine if the long term shareholder return has matched the performance of the underlying business.

See our latest analysis for ON Semiconductor

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 imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

Over half a decade, ON Semiconductor managed to grow its earnings per share at 40% a year. The EPS growth is more impressive than the yearly share price gain of 30% over the same period. So one could conclude that the broader market has become more cautious towards the stock.

The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

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earnings-per-share-growth

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here..

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that ON Semiconductor shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 22% over the last year. Having said that, the five-year TSR of 30% a year, is even better. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand ON Semiconductor better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 2 warning signs with ON Semiconductor , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

ON Semiconductor is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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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