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 Dycom Industries, Inc. (NYSE:DY) share price. It's up 65% over three years, but that is below the market return. Having said that, the 52% increase over the past year is good to see.
Since it's been a strong week for Dycom Industries shareholders, let's have a look at trend of the longer term fundamentals.
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).
Over the last three years, Dycom Industries failed to grow earnings per share, which fell 24% (annualized).
Thus, it seems unlikely that the market is focussed on EPS growth at the moment. Since the change in EPS doesn't seem to correlate with the change in share price, it's worth taking a look at other metrics.
We severely doubt anyone is particularly impressed with the modest 0.8% three-year revenue growth rate. So truth be told we can't see an easy explanation for the share price action, but perhaps you can...
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We know that Dycom Industries has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? You can see what analysts are predicting for Dycom Industries in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that Dycom Industries has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 52% in the last twelve months. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 7% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 2 warning signs with Dycom Industries , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
Of course Dycom Industries 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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