Did You Miss B2Gold’s (TSE:BTO) Impressive 143% Share Price Gain?

When you buy shares in a company, it’s worth keeping in mind the possibility that it could fail, and you could lose your money. But on a lighter note, a good company can see its share price rise well over 100%. For instance, the price of B2Gold Corp. (TSE:BTO) stock is up an impressive 143% over the last five years. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 18% gain in the last three months.

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There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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 the last half decade, B2Gold became profitable. Sometimes, the start of profitability is a major inflection point that can signal fast earnings growth to come, which in turn justifies very strong share price gains.

You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

TSX:BTO Past and Future Earnings, December 31st 2019
TSX:BTO Past and Future Earnings, December 31st 2019

This free interactive report on B2Gold’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 B2Gold shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 30% over the last year. Of course, that includes the dividend. That’s better than the annualised return of 19% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. If you would like to research B2Gold in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

Of course B2Gold may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on CA exchanges.

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