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It hasn’t been the best quarter for Cantabil Retail India Limited (NSE:CANTABIL) shareholders, since the share price has fallen 12% in that time. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last half decade have been spectacular. To be precise, the stock price is 924% higher than it was five years ago, a wonderful performance by any measure. So we don’t think the recent decline in the share price means its story is a sad one. But the real question is whether the business fundamentals can improve over the long term.
It really delights us to see such great share price performance for investors.
While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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 the last half decade, Cantabil Retail India became profitable. That kind of transition can be an inflection point that justifies a strong share price gain, just as we have seen here. Given that the company made a profit three years ago, but not five years ago, it is worth looking at the share price returns over the last three years, too. Indeed, the Cantabil Retail India share price has gained 231% in three years. During the same period, EPS grew by 35% each year. Notably, the EPS growth has been slower than the annualised share price gain of 49% over three years. So it’s fair to assume the market has a higher opinion of the business than it did three years ago.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Cantabil Retail India’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that Cantabil Retail India shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 115% over the last year. That’s better than the annualised return of 59% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. Is Cantabil Retail India cheap compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
But note: Cantabil Retail India 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 IN exchanges.
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