While it may not be enough for some shareholders, we think it is good to see the GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE:GPX) share price up 26% in a single quarter. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last half decade have been disappointing. The share price has failed to impress anyone , down a sizable 56% during that time. Some might say the recent bounce is to be expected after such a bad drop. We’d err towards caution given the long term under-performance.
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…’ One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
During the five years over which the share price declined, GP Strategies’s earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 24% each year. This fall in the EPS is worse than the 15% compound annual share price fall. The relatively muted share price reaction might be because the market expects the business to turn around.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
Dive deeper into GP Strategies’s key metrics by checking this interactive graph of GP Strategies’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
Investors in GP Strategies had a tough year, with a total loss of 2.9%, against a market gain of about 25%. 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. However, the loss over the last year isn’t as bad as the 15% per annum loss investors have suffered over the last half decade. We’d need to see some sustained improvements in the key metrics before we could muster much enthusiasm. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand GP Strategies better, we need to consider many other factors. Be aware that GP Strategies is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those doesn’t sit too well with us…
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