The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don’t use leverage) is 100% of your money. But when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. For instance, the price of Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT) stock is up an impressive 180% over the last five years. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 20% gain in the last three months.
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).
During five years of share price growth, Perficient achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 12% per year. This EPS growth is lower than the 23% average annual increase in the share price. This suggests that market participants hold the company in higher regard, these days. 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).
We know that Perficient has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? Take a more thorough look at Perficient’s financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
Perficient provided a TSR of 12% over the last twelve months. But that was short of the market average. If we look back over five years, the returns are even better, coming in at 23% per year for five years. It’s quite possible the business continues to execute with prowess, even as the share price gains are slowing. Before spending more time on Perficient it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can 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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