Stitch Fix, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFIX) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 15% in the last week. But that isn’t much consolation to those who have suffered through the declines of the last year. Like a receding glacier in a warming world, the share price has melted 55% in that period. Some might say the recent bounce is to be expected after such a bad drop. You could argue that the sell-off was too severe.
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. 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.
Even though the Stitch Fix share price is down over the year, its EPS actually improved. It’s quite possible that growth expectations may have been unreasonable in the past. It’s surprising to see the share price fall so much, despite the improved EPS. So it’s well worth checking out some other metrics, too.
Stitch Fix managed to grow revenue over the last year, which is usually a real positive. Since the fundamental metrics don’t readily explain the share price drop, there might be an opportunity if the market has overreacted.
We’re pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Stitch Fix
A Different Perspective
While Stitch Fix shareholders are down 55% for the year, the market itself is up 4.2%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. With the stock down 27% over the last three months, the market doesn’t seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we’d remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. If you would like to research Stitch Fix in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
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