National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EYE) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 27% in the last month. But in truth the last year hasn’t been good for the share price. In fact the stock is down 18% in the last year, well below the market return.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.
Unhappily, National Vision Holdings had to report a 85% decline in EPS over the last year. This fall in the EPS is significantly worse than the 18% the share price fall. So despite the weak per-share profits, some investors are probably relieved the situation wasn’t more difficult. With a P/E ratio of 227.12, it’s fair to say the market sees an EPS rebound on the cards.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) are depicted in the image below.
It’s probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of National Vision Holdings’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
Given that the market gained 16% in the last year, National Vision Holdings shareholders might be miffed that they lost 18%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. It’s great to see a nice little 6.9% rebound in the last three months. This could just be a bounce because the selling was too aggressive, but fingers crossed it’s the start of a new trend. Before spending more time on National Vision Holdings it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
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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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