Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ:HIBB) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 21% in the last quarter. But that can’t change the reality that over the longer term (five years), the returns have been really quite dismal. In that time the share price has delivered a rude shock to holders, who find themselves down 67% after a long stretch. So we’re not so sure if the recent bounce should be celebrated. Of course, this could be the start of a turnaround.
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).
During the five years over which the share price declined, Hibbett Sports’s earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 10.0% each year. This reduction in EPS is less than the 20% annual reduction in the share price. This implies that the market is more cautious about the business these days. The low P/E ratio of 10.86 further reflects this reticence.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
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A Different Perspective
While the broader market lost about 0.5% in the twelve months, Hibbett Sports shareholders did even worse, losing 20%. Having said that, it’s inevitable that some stocks will be oversold in a falling market. The key is to keep your eyes on the fundamental developments. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 20% per year over five years. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. Before spending more time on Hibbett Sports it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
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