Does Photronics’s (NASDAQ:PLAB) Share Price Gain of 75% Match Its Business Performance?

Generally speaking the aim of active stock picking is to find companies that provide returns that are superior to the market average. Buying under-rated businesses is one path to excess returns. For example, long term Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLAB) shareholders have enjoyed a 75% share price rise over the last half decade, well in excess of the market return of around 53% (not including dividends). On the other hand, the more recent gains haven’t been so impressive, with shareholders gaining just 30%.

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While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just 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).

Over half a decade, Photronics managed to grow its earnings per share at 1.3% a year. This EPS growth is slower than the share price growth of 12% per year, over the same period. This suggests that market participants hold the company in higher regard, these days. And that’s hardly shocking given the track record of growth.

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

NasdaqGS:PLAB Past and Future Earnings, February 19th 2020
NasdaqGS:PLAB Past and Future Earnings, February 19th 2020

Dive deeper into Photronics’s key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Photronics’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

We’re pleased to report that Photronics shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 30% over one year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 12% per year), it would seem that the stock’s performance has improved in recent times. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Photronics better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we’ve discovered 2 warning signs for Photronics (1 is significant!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

We will like Photronics better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

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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