Is IES Holdings’s (NASDAQ:IESC) 192% Share Price Increase Well Justified?

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When you buy shares in a company, it’s worth keeping in mind the possibility that it could fail, and you could lose your money. But when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. For example, the IES Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:IESC) share price has soared 192% in the last half decade. Most would be very happy with that. Meanwhile the share price is 2.5% higher than it was a week ago.

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While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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.

During the five years of share price growth, IES Holdings moved from a loss to profitability. Sometimes, the start of profitability is a major inflection point that can signal fast earnings growth to come, which in turn justifies very strong share price gains. Given that the company made a profit three years ago, but not five years ago, it is worth looking at the share price returns over the last three years, too. Indeed, the IES Holdings share price has gained 50% in three years. In the same period, EPS is up 9.9% per year. This EPS growth is lower than the 15% average annual increase in the share price over three years. So one can reasonably conclude the market is more enthusiastic about the stock than it was three years ago.

NasdaqGM:IESC Past and Future Earnings, July 3rd 2019
NasdaqGM:IESC Past and Future Earnings, July 3rd 2019

We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. This free interactive report on IES Holdings’s earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

It’s good to see that IES Holdings has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 12% in the last twelve months. However, that falls short of the 24% TSR per annum it has made for shareholders, each year, over five years. Potential buyers might understandably feel they’ve missed the opportunity, but it’s always possible business is still firing on all cylinders. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of IES Holdings by clicking this link.

IES Holdings is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with 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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