We think intelligent long term investing is the way to go. But that doesn’t mean long term investors can avoid big losses. For example, after five long years the Cimarex Energy Co. (NYSE:XEC) share price is a whole 67% lower. That’s not a lot of fun for true believers. And some of the more recent buyers are probably worried, too, with the stock falling 48% in the last year. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 17% in the last three months.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just 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.
During five years of share price growth, Cimarex Energy moved from a loss to profitability. Most would consider that to be a good thing, so it’s counter-intuitive to see the share price declining. Other metrics might give us a better handle on how its value is changing over time.
We don’t think that the 1.8% is big factor in the share price, since it’s quite small, as dividends go. In contrast to the share price, revenue has actually increased by 1.8% a year in the five year period. So it seems one might have to take closer look at the fundamentals to understand why the share price languishes. After all, there may be an opportunity.
Cimarex Energy is well known by investors, and plenty of clever analysts have tried to predict the future profit levels. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Cimarex Energy will earn in the future (free analyst consensus estimates)
A Different Perspective
Cimarex Energy shareholders are down 47% for the year (even including dividends), but the market itself is up 3.5%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 19% 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 Cimarex Energy 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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