Passive investing in index funds can generate returns that roughly match the overall market. But you can significantly boost your returns by picking above-average stocks. To wit, the Aviat Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVNW) share price is 57% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around 8.9% (not including dividends) in the same period. So that should have shareholders smiling. However, the stock hasn’t done so well in the longer term, with the stock only up 9.7% in three years.
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.
During the last year, Aviat Networks actually saw its earnings per share drop 52%.
So we don’t think that investors are paying too much attention to EPS. Indeed, when EPS is declining but the share price is up, it often means the market is considering other factors.
Revenue was pretty flat year on year, but maybe a closer look at the data can explain the market optimism.
You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that Aviat Networks has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that Aviat Networks shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 57% over the last year. That’s better than the annualised return of 8.1% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Aviat Networks better, we need to consider many other factors. For instance, we’ve identified 3 warning signs for Aviat Networks 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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