While it may not be enough for some shareholders, we think it is good to see the Ever-Glory International Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVK) share price up 11% in a single quarter. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last five years have been less than pleasing. After all, the share price is down 39% in that time, 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.
During the five years over which the share price declined, Ever-Glory International Group's earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 5.4% each year. Readers should note that the share price has fallen faster than the EPS, at a rate of 9.4% per year, over the period. This implies that the market is more cautious about the business these days. The less favorable sentiment is reflected in its current P/E ratio of 5.01.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
It's probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here..
A Different Perspective
Ever-Glory International Group shareholders are up 1.5% for the year. But that was short of the market average. But at least that's still a gain! Over five years the TSR has been a reduction of 9.4% per year, over five years. So this might be a sign the business has turned its fortunes around. Before forming an opinion on Ever-Glory International Group you might want to consider these 3 valuation metrics.
Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.
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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