The five-year returns for OCI's (AMS:OCI) shareholders have been decent, yet its earnings growth was even better

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 14, 2022
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When you buy and hold a stock for the long term, you definitely want it to provide a positive return. Better yet, you'd like to see the share price move up more than the market average. Unfortunately for shareholders, while the OCI N.V. (AMS:OCI) share price is up 46% in the last five years, that's less than the market return. Some buyers are laughing, though, with an increase of 38% in the last year.

Since it's been a strong week for OCI shareholders, let's have a look at trend of the longer term fundamentals.

Check out our latest analysis for OCI

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.

During the five years of share price growth, OCI moved from a loss to profitability. That would generally be considered a positive, so we'd expect the share price to be up.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

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ENXTAM:OCI Earnings Per Share Growth January 14th 2022

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on OCI's earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that OCI shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 38% over one year. That's better than the annualised return of 8% 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. 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. For instance, we've identified 2 warning signs for OCI (1 can't be ignored) that you should be aware of.

OCI is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on NL exchanges.

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