The Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. (NYSEMKT:APT) share price has had a bad week, falling 25%. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last half decade have been spectacular. To be precise, the stock price is 307% higher than it was five years ago, a wonderful performance by any measure. So it might be that some shareholders are taking profits after good performance. The most important thing for savvy investors to consider is whether the underlying business can justify the share price gain.
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. 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).
Over half a decade, Alpha Pro Tech managed to grow its earnings per share at 8.9% a year. This EPS growth is lower than the 32% average annual increase in the share price. So it’s fair to assume the market has a higher opinion of the business than it did five years ago. And that’s hardly shocking given the track record of growth.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
This free interactive report on Alpha Pro Tech’s earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that Alpha Pro Tech shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 153% over the last year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 32% per year), it would seem that the stock’s performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks, for example – Alpha Pro Tech has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.
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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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