By Yahoo Finance, Published June 5, 2023
Simply Wall St
Investing can be hard but the potential fo an individual stock to pay off big time inspires us. Mistakes are inevitable, but a single top stock pick can cover any losses, and so much more. For example, the Santova Limited (JSE:SNV) share price is up a whopping 525% in the last three years, a handsome return for long term holders. In more good news, the share price has risen 22% in thirty days. We note that Santova reported its financial results recently; luckily, you can catch up on the latest revenue and profit numbers in our company report. Anyone who held for that rewarding ride would probably be keen to talk about it.
With that in mind, it’s worth seeing if the company’s underlying fundamentals have been the driver of long term performance, or if there are some discrepancies.
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 imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.
During three years of share price growth, Santova achieved compound earnings per share growth of 57% per year. In comparison, the 84% per year gain in the share price outpaces the EPS growth. So it’s fair to assume the market has a higher opinion of the business than it did three years ago. That’s not necessarily surprising considering the three-year track record of earnings growth.
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