Investors can buy low cost index fund if they want to receive the average market return. But if you invest in individual stocks, some are likely to underperform. That’s what has happened with the AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE:AER) share price. It’s up 20% over three years, but that is below the market return. Zooming in, the stock is actually down 8.6% in the last year.
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.
During three years of share price growth, AerCap Holdings achieved compound earnings per share growth of 6.6% per year. Notably, the 6.3% average annual share price gain matches up nicely with the EPS growth rate. That suggests that the market sentiment around the company hasn’t changed much over that time. Rather, the share price has approximately tracked EPS growth.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
Dive deeper into AerCap Holdings’s key metrics by checking this interactive graph of AerCap Holdings’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
AerCap Holdings shareholders are down 8.6% for the year, but the market itself is up 9.5%. 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. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 3.7% per year over half a decade. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. Before forming an opinion on AerCap Holdings you might want to consider these 3 valuation metrics.
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