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The simplest way to invest in stocks is to buy exchange traded funds. But one can do better than that by picking better than average stocks (as part of a diversified portfolio). To wit, the Nordex SE (ETR:NDX1) share price is 52% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around -5.6% (not including dividends) in the same period. So that should have shareholders smiling. Zooming out, the stock is actually down 38% in the last three years.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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 year Nordex saw its earnings per share (EPS) drop below zero. While some may see this as temporary, we’re a skeptical bunch, and so we’re a little surprised to see the share price go up. It may be that the company has done well on other metrics.
Nordex’s revenue actually dropped 20% over last year. So using a snapshot of key business metrics doesn’t give us a good picture of why the market is bidding up the stock.
Depicted in the graphic below, you’ll see revenue and earnings over time. If you want more detail, you can click on the chart itself.
Nordex is a well known stock, with plenty of analyst coverage, suggesting some visibility into future growth. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Nordex will earn in the future (free analyst consensus estimates)
A Different Perspective
We’re pleased to report that Nordex shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 52% over one year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 3.0%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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