The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don’t use leverage) is 100% of your money. But if you buy shares in a really great company, you can more than double your money. To wit, the Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:ZBRA) share price has flown 167% in the last three years. How nice for those who held the stock! On top of that, the share price is up 33% in about a quarter. But this move may well have been assisted by the reasonably buoyant market (up 18% in 90 days).
In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
Zebra Technologies became profitable within the last three years. Given the importance of this milestone, it’s not overly surprising that the share price has increased strongly.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We know that Zebra Technologies has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that Zebra Technologies shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 36% over the last year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 19% 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. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Zebra Technologies better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 3 warning signs with Zebra Technologies , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
We will like Zebra Technologies 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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