Should Titan Machinery (NASDAQ:TITN) Be Disappointed With Their 51% Profit?

Titan Machinery Inc. (NASDAQ:TITN) shareholders have seen the share price descend 15% over the month. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last three years have been respectable. It beat the market return of 50% in that time, gaining 51%.

See our latest analysis for Titan Machinery

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 three years of share price growth, Titan Machinery moved from a loss to profitability. So we would expect a higher share price over the period.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

NasdaqGS:TITN Past and Future Earnings, April 5th 2019
NasdaqGS:TITN Past and Future Earnings, April 5th 2019

It’s probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. It’s always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of Titan Machinery’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 11% in the last year, Titan Machinery shareholders lost 20%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 3.4% per year over five years. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. 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.

If you are like me, then you will not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are 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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