Elekta (STO:EKTA B) stock falls 15% in past week as one-year earnings and shareholder returns continue downward trend

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 19, 2022
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Investors can approximate the average market return by buying an index fund. When you buy individual stocks, you can make higher profits, but you also face the risk of under-performance. Unfortunately the Elekta AB (publ) (STO:EKTA B) share price slid 31% over twelve months. That's well below the market return of 8.9%. Even if shareholders bought some time ago, they wouldn't be particularly happy: the stock is down 25% in three years. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 23% in the last three months. But this could be related to the weak market, which is down 15% in the same period.

Given the past week has been tough on shareholders, let's investigate the fundamentals and see what we can learn.

View our latest analysis for Elekta

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just 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).

Unhappily, Elekta had to report a 10% decline in EPS over the last year. The share price decline of 31% is actually more than the EPS drop. Unsurprisingly, given the lack of EPS growth, the market seems to be more cautious about the stock.

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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OM:EKTA B Earnings Per Share Growth February 19th 2022

It's good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That's a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of Elekta's earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 8.9% in the last year, Elekta shareholders lost 30% (even including dividends). However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 1.2%, each year, over five years. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. 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 Elekta that you should be aware of before investing here.

Elekta is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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

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