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The worst result, after buying shares in a company (assuming no leverage), would be if you lose all the money you put in. But on the bright side, you can make far more than 100% on a really good stock. One great example is Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) which saw its share price drive 218% higher over five years. It's also up 14% in about a month.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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).
During five years of share price growth, Xilinx achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 4.3% per year. This EPS growth is slower than the share price growth of 26% per year, over the same period. So it's fair to assume the market has a higher opinion of the business than it did five years ago. That's not necessarily surprising considering the five-year track record of earnings growth. This optimism is visible in its fairly high P/E ratio of 54.65.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
Dive deeper into Xilinx's key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Xilinx's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
Investors should note that there's a difference between Xilinx's total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price change, which we've covered above. The TSR attempts to capture the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested) as well as any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings offered to shareholders. Dividends have been really beneficial for Xilinx shareholders, and that cash payout contributed to why its TSR of 246%, over the last 5 years, is better than the share price return.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that Xilinx has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 56% in the last twelve months. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 28% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Xilinx better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for Xilinx that you should be aware of before investing here.
We will like Xilinx better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
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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