Optimism for ElringKlinger (ETR:ZIL2) has grown this past week, despite three-year decline in earnings

Simply Wall St
March 23, 2022
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ElringKlinger AG (ETR:ZIL2) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 14% in the last quarter. But over three years, the returns would have left most investors smiling After all, the share price is up a market-beating 64% in that time.

Since it's been a strong week for ElringKlinger shareholders, let's have a look at trend of the longer term fundamentals.

See our latest analysis for ElringKlinger

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 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).

During three years of share price growth, ElringKlinger moved from a loss to profitability. That would generally be considered a positive, so we'd expect the share price to be up.

The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

XTRA:ZIL2 Earnings Per Share Growth March 23rd 2022

We know that ElringKlinger has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? Check if analysts think ElringKlinger will grow revenue in the future.

A Different Perspective

We regret to report that ElringKlinger shareholders are down 31% for the year. Unfortunately, that's worse than the broader market decline of 1.2%. However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there's a good opportunity. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 7% per year over five years. We realise that Baron Rothschild has said investors should "buy when there is blood on the streets", but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality business. 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 1 warning sign for ElringKlinger that you should be aware of.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

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

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