The total return for Inspiration Healthcare Group (LON:IHC) investors has risen faster than earnings growth over the last five years

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 25, 2021
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Inspiration Healthcare Group plc (LON:IHC) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 21% in the last month. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last five years have been pleasing. After all, the share price is up a market-beating 77% in that time.

While the stock has fallen 12% this week, it's worth focusing on the longer term and seeing if the stocks historical returns have been driven by the underlying fundamentals.

View our latest analysis for Inspiration Healthcare Group

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 five years of share price growth, Inspiration Healthcare Group achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 17% per year. The EPS growth is more impressive than the yearly share price gain of 12% over the same period. So one could conclude that the broader market has become more cautious towards the stock.

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

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AIM:IHC Earnings Per Share Growth November 26th 2021

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

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that Inspiration Healthcare Group shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 40% over one year. And that does include the dividend. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 12%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. 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. Even so, be aware that Inspiration Healthcare Group is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about...

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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 GB exchanges.

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