The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. For instance, the price of Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) stock is up an impressive 275% over the last five years. It's also good to see the share price up 84% over the last quarter.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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 five years of share price growth, Callaway Golf actually saw its EPS drop 17% per year. The impact of extraordinary items on earnings, in the last year, partially explain the diversion.
This means it's unlikely the market is judging the company based on earnings growth. 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.
In contrast revenue growth of 16% per year is probably viewed as evidence that Callaway Golf is growing, a real positive. It's quite possible that management are prioritizing revenue growth over EPS growth at the moment.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
Take a more thorough look at Callaway Golf's financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
We've already covered Callaway Golf's share price action, but we should also mention its total shareholder return (TSR). Arguably the TSR is a more complete return calculation because it accounts for the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested), along with the hypothetical value of any discounted capital that have been offered to shareholders. Callaway Golf's TSR of 280% for the 5 years exceeded its share price return, because it has paid dividends.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that Callaway Golf has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 67% in the last twelve months. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 31%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Callaway Golf better, we need to consider many other factors. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Callaway Golf (of which 1 is a bit unpleasant!) you should know about.
But note: Callaway Golf may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
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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