It's easy to match the overall market return by buying an index fund. But if you buy individual stocks, you can do both better or worse than that. For example, the Amber Enterprises India Limited (NSE:AMBER) share price is down 25% in the last year. That's disappointing when you consider the market returned 0.6%. Because Amber Enterprises India hasn't been listed for many years, the market is still learning about how the business performs.
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 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.
Even though the Amber Enterprises India share price is down over the year, its EPS actually improved. It could be that the share price was previously over-hyped. It's surprising to see the share price fall so much, despite the improved EPS. So it's well worth checking out some other metrics, too.
Amber Enterprises India managed to grow revenue over the last year, which is usually a real positive. Since we can't easily explain the share price movement based on these metrics, it might be worth considering how market sentiment has changed towards the stock.
The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.
We know that Amber Enterprises India has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Amber Enterprises India stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.
A Different Perspective
While Amber Enterprises India shareholders are down 25% for the year, the market itself is up 0.6%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 6.5%, suggesting an absence of enthusiasm from investors. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we'd remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. Is Amber Enterprises India cheap compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
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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 IN exchanges.
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