Introducing Odfjell Drilling (OB:ODL), The Stock That Soared 499% In The Last Three Years

For us, stock picking is in large part the hunt for the truly magnificent stocks. Not every pick can be a winner, but when you pick the right stock, you can win big. One bright shining star stock has been Odfjell Drilling Ltd. (OB:ODL), which is 499% higher than three years ago. It’s also good to see the share price up 12% over the last quarter. The company reported its financial results recently; you can catch up on the latest numbers by reading our company report.

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See our latest analysis for Odfjell Drilling

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

During three years of share price growth, Odfjell Drilling moved from a loss to profitability. 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).

OB:ODL Past and Future Earnings, May 21st 2019
OB:ODL Past and Future Earnings, May 21st 2019

We know that Odfjell Drilling has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Odfjell Drilling stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market lost about 1.9% in the twelve months, Odfjell Drilling shareholders did even worse, losing 24%. However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there’s a good opportunity. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 3.0% over the last half decade. We realise that Buffett has said investors should ‘buy when there is blood on the streets’, but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on NO exchanges.

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