In order to justify the effort of selecting individual stocks, it's worth striving to beat the returns from a market index fund. But in any portfolio, there are likely to be some stocks that fall short of that benchmark. Unfortunately, that's been the case for longer term PDL Community Bancorp (NASDAQ:PDLB) shareholders, since the share price is down 25% in the last three years, falling well short of the market return of around 62%. The last week also saw the share price slip down another 15%.
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.
PDL Community Bancorp became profitable within the last five years. That would generally be considered a positive, so we are surprised to see the share price is down. So given the share price is down it's worth checking some other metrics too.
We note that, in three years, revenue has actually grown at a 11% annual rate, so that doesn't seem to be a reason to sell shares. This analysis is just perfunctory, but it might be worth researching PDL Community Bancorp more closely, as sometimes stocks fall unfairly. This could present an opportunity.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We know that PDL Community Bancorp has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on PDL Community Bancorp
A Different Perspective
PDL Community Bancorp shareholders are up 4.5% for the year. Unfortunately this falls short of the market return of around 84%. The silver lining is that the recent rise is far preferable to the annual loss of 8% that shareholders have suffered over the last three years. It could well be that the business is stabilizing. Before spending more time on PDL Community Bancorp it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
Of course PDL Community Bancorp may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.
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