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Those Who Purchased PDL Community Bancorp (NASDAQ:PDLB) Shares A Year Ago Have A 9.1% Loss To Show For It

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While it may not be enough for some shareholders, we think it is good to see the PDL Community Bancorp (NASDAQ:PDLB) share price up 13% in a single quarter. But that is minimal compensation for the share price under-performance over the last year. In fact, the price has declined 9.1% in a year, falling short of the returns you could get by investing in an index fund.

Check out our latest analysis for PDL Community Bancorp

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).

PDL Community Bancorp managed to increase earnings per share from a loss to a profit, over the last 12 months. When a company has just transitioned to profitability, earnings per share growth is not always the best way to look at the share price action. So it makes sense to check out some other factors.

PDL Community Bancorp's revenue is actually up 14% over the last year. Since the fundamental metrics don't readily explain the share price drop, there might be an opportunity if the market has overreacted.

The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).

NasdaqGM:PDLB Income Statement, May 3rd 2019

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. This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on PDL Community Bancorp

A Different Perspective

Given that the market gained 10% in the last year, PDL Community Bancorp shareholders might be miffed that they lost 9.1%. While the aim is to do better than that, it's worth recalling that even great long-term investments sometimes underperform for a year or more. Putting aside the last twelve months, it's good to see the share price has rebounded by 13%, in the last ninety days. Let's just hope this isn't the widely-feared 'dead cat bounce' (which would indicate further declines to come). It is all well and good that insiders have been buying shares, but we suggest you check here to see what price insiders were buying at.

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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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