Did You Miss Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals’s (ASX:CUV) Whopping 565% Share Price Gain?

It might be of some concern to shareholders to see the Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Limited (ASX:CUV) share price down 13% in the last month. But over five years returns have been remarkably great. In fact, during that period, the share price climbed 565%. Impressive! So we don’t think the recent decline in the share price means its story is a sad one. The most important thing for savvy investors to consider is whether the underlying business can justify the share price gain.

It really delights us to see such great share price performance for investors.

Check out our latest analysis for Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it’s a weighing machine. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

During the last half decade, Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals became profitable. 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.

The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time.

ASX:CUV Past and Future Earnings, November 11th 2019
ASX:CUV Past and Future Earnings, November 11th 2019

We know that Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? This free interactive report on Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

It’s good to see that Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 66% in the last twelve months. That’s including the dividend. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 46% per year), it would seem that the stock’s performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. Is Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals cheap compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

We will like Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on AU exchanges.

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