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While not a mind-blowing move, it is good to see that the Trio-Tech International (NYSEMKT:TRT) share price has gained 23% in the last three months. But that is minimal compensation for the share price under-performance over the last year. After all, the share price is down 37% in the last year, significantly under-performing the market.
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. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.
Unfortunately Trio-Tech International reported an EPS drop of 82% for the last year. The share price fall of 37% isn't as bad as the reduction in earnings per share. So despite the weak per-share profits, some investors are probably relieved the situation wasn't more difficult.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
This free interactive report on Trio-Tech International's earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
Trio-Tech International shareholders are down 37% for the year, but the market itself is up 12%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 1.4% per year over half a decade. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. Before deciding if you like the current share price, check how Trio-Tech International scores on these 3 valuation metrics.
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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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