The 3.7% return this week takes Oxford Biomedica's (LON:OXB) shareholders five-year gains to 741%

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 03, 2021
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Buying shares in the best businesses can build meaningful wealth for you and your family. And highest quality companies can see their share prices grow by huge amounts. Just think about the savvy investors who held Oxford Biomedica plc (LON:OXB) shares for the last five years, while they gained 741%. This just goes to show the value creation that some businesses can achieve. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 13% gain in the last three months. Anyone who held for that rewarding ride would probably be keen to talk about it.

The past week has proven to be lucrative for Oxford Biomedica investors, so let's see if fundamentals drove the company's five-year performance.

See our latest analysis for Oxford Biomedica

In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. 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 half decade, Oxford Biomedica became profitable. Sometimes, the start of profitability is a major inflection point that can signal fast earnings growth to come, which in turn justifies very strong share price gains.

You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

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LSE:OXB Earnings Per Share Growth November 4th 2021

We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here..

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that Oxford Biomedica shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 89% over one year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 53% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. For example, we've discovered 2 warning signs for Oxford Biomedica (1 doesn't sit too well with us!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

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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