It might seem bad, but the worst that can happen when you buy a stock (without leverage) is that its share price goes to zero. But if you buy shares in a really great company, you can more than double your money. To wit, the CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGP) share price has flown 154% in the last three years. Most would be happy with that. On top of that, the share price is up 45% in about a quarter. But this could be related to the strong market, which is up 20% in the last three months.
To quote Buffett, ‘Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace…’ By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.
During three years of share price growth, CoStar Group moved from a loss to profitability. Given the importance of this milestone, it’s not overly surprising that the share price has increased strongly.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
It is of course excellent to see how CoStar Group has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. This free interactive report on CoStar Group’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that CoStar Group shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 29% over the last year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 20%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. If you would like to research CoStar Group in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.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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