It’s been a soft week for Ichor Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:ICHR) shares, which are down 13%. In contrast the stock is up over the last three years. However, it’s unlikely many shareholders are elated with the share price gain of 33% over that time, given the rising market.
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 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).
Over the last three years, Ichor Holdings failed to grow earnings per share, which fell 22% (annualized).
Thus, it seems unlikely that the market is focussed on EPS growth at the moment. Since the change in EPS doesn’t seem to correlate with the change in share price, it’s worth taking a look at other metrics.
Do you think that shareholders are buying for the 1.7% per annum revenue growth trend? We don’t. While we don’t have an obvious theory to explain the share price rise, a closer look at the data might be enlightening.
The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that Ichor Holdings has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? You can see what analysts are predicting for Ichor Holdings in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.
A Different Perspective
Pleasingly, Ichor Holdings’ total shareholder return last year was 32%. That’s better than the annualized TSR of 9.9% over the last three years. Given the track record of solid returns over varying time frames, it might be worth putting Ichor Holdings on your watchlist. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. For instance, we’ve identified 5 warning signs for Ichor Holdings (1 is a bit unpleasant) that you should be aware of.
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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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