If You Had Bought Ceapro Stock Five Years Ago, You Could Pocket A 225% Gain Today

Ceapro Inc. (CVE:CZO) shareholders have seen the share price descend 22% over the month. But that scarcely detracts from the really solid long term returns generated by the company over five years. In fact, the share price is 225% higher today. We think it’s more important to dwell on the long term returns than the short term returns. Only time will tell if there is still too much optimism currently reflected in the share price.

View our latest analysis for Ceapro

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it’s a weighing machine. 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, Ceapro actually saw its EPS drop 9.5% per year. This means it’s unlikely the market is judging the company based on earnings growth. 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.

In contrast revenue growth of 12% per year is probably viewed as evidence that Ceapro is growing, a real positive. In that case, the company may be sacrificing current earnings per share to drive growth.

You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).

TSXV:CZO Income Statement, March 7th 2019
TSXV:CZO Income Statement, March 7th 2019

Balance sheet strength is crucual. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.

A Different Perspective

Investors in Ceapro had a tough year, with a total loss of 25%, against a market gain of about 4.3%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 27% per year over half a decade. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.

We will like Ceapro 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 CA exchanges.

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