It might seem bad, but the worst that can happen when you buy a stock (without leverage) is that its share price goes to zero. But in contrast you can make much more than 100% if the company does well. For example, the IXICO plc (LON:IXI) share price has soared 184% in the last three years. Most would be happy with that. In contrast, the stock has fallen 8.7% in the last 30 days. The company reported its financial results recently; you can catch up on the latest numbers by reading our company report.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect 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.
IXICO became profitable within the last three years. That kind of transition can be an inflection point that justifies a strong share price gain, just as we have seen here.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
Dive deeper into IXICO's key metrics by checking this interactive graph of IXICO's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that IXICO shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 29% over the last year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 19% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand IXICO better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we've discovered 3 warning signs for IXICO (1 is a bit unpleasant!) that you should be aware of before investing here.
But note: IXICO may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
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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