For many investors, the main point of stock picking is to generate higher returns than the overall market. But its virtually certain that sometimes you will buy stocks that fall short of the market average returns. Unfortunately, that's been the case for longer term Byline Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:BY) shareholders, since the share price is down 40% in the last three years, falling well short of the market return of around 46%. And more recent buyers are having a tough time too, with a drop of 27% in the last year. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 11% in the last three months.
To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. 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 the three years that the share price fell, Byline Bancorp's earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 27% each year. In comparison the 16% compound annual share price decline isn't as bad as the EPS drop-off. So the market may not be too worried about the EPS figure, at the moment -- or it may have previously priced some of the drop in.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
It's good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That's a positive. On the other hand, we think the revenue and earnings trends are much more meaningful measures of the business. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Byline Bancorp's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
Over the last year, Byline Bancorp shareholders took a loss of 27%, including dividends. In contrast the market gained about 19%. Of course the long term matters more than the short term, and even great stocks will sometimes have a poor year. The three-year loss of 12% per year isn't as bad as the last twelve months, suggesting that the company has not been able to convince the market it has solved its problems. Although Baron Rothschild famously said to "buy when there's blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own", he also focusses on high quality stocks with solid prospects. 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. Take risks, for example - Byline Bancorp has 2 warning signs (and 1 which is potentially serious) we think you should know about.
Byline Bancorp 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 US exchanges.
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