Unless you borrow money to invest, the potential losses are limited. But when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. For example, the Digital Value S.p.A. (BIT:DGV) share price had more than doubled in just one year - up 133%. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 33% gain in the last three months. But this move may well have been assisted by the reasonably buoyant market (up 14% in 90 days). Digital Value hasn't been listed for long, so it's still not clear if it is a long term winner.
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. 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 year Digital Value grew its earnings per share (EPS) by 15%. The share price gain of 133% certainly outpaced the EPS growth. So it's fair to assume the market has a higher opinion of the business than it a year ago.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
We know that Digital Value has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? If you're interested, you could check this free report showing consensus revenue forecasts.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Digital Value shareholders have gained 133% over the last year. A substantial portion of that gain has come in the last three months, with the stock up 33% in that time. This suggests the company is continuing to win over new investors. 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 Digital Value is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is a bit unpleasant...
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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 IT exchanges.
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