Beacon Roofing Supply's (NASDAQ:BECN) investors will be pleased with their respectable 62% return over the last three years

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 15, 2022
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Buying a low-cost index fund will get you the average market return. But if you invest in individual stocks, some are likely to underperform. Unfortunately for shareholders, while the Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. (NASDAQ:BECN) share price is up 62% in the last three years, that falls short of the market return. On the other hand, the more recent gain of 31% over a year is certainly pleasing.

So let's investigate and see if the longer term performance of the company has been in line with the underlying business' progress.

See our latest analysis for Beacon Roofing Supply

While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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.

Beacon Roofing Supply became profitable within the last three years. That would generally be considered a positive, so we'd expect the share price to be up.

The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

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NasdaqGS:BECN Earnings Per Share Growth January 15th 2022

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here..

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Beacon Roofing Supply shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 31% over the last year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 5%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Beacon Roofing Supply better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that Beacon Roofing Supply is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is concerning...

Beacon Roofing Supply 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 US exchanges.

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