Vanguard founder Jack Bogle helped spearhead the low-cost index fund, putting average returns within reach of every investor. But you can make better returns by buying undervalued shares. For example, the BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:BSTC) share price is up 29% in the last three years, slightly above the market return. More recently the stock has gained 5.8% in a year, which isn’t too bad.
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 three years of share price growth, BioSpecifics Technologies achieved compound earnings per share growth of 26% per year. This EPS growth is higher than the 9.0% average annual increase in the share price. Therefore, it seems the market has moderated its expectations for growth, somewhat.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that BioSpecifics Technologies has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? If you’re interested, you could check this free report showing consensus revenue forecasts.
A Different Perspective
BioSpecifics Technologies shareholders gained a total return of 5.8% during the year. But that return falls short of the market. On the bright side, that’s still a gain, and it is certainly better than the yearly loss of about 0.6% endured over half a decade. So this might be a sign the business has turned its fortunes around. Before spending more time on BioSpecifics Technologies it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.
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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