Investors Who Bought Mohawk Industries (NYSE:MHK) Shares Three Years Ago Are Now Down 40%

Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE:MHK) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 10% in the last month. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last three years have been less than pleasing. Truth be told the share price declined 40% in three years and that return, Dear Reader, falls short of what you could have got from passive investing with an index fund.

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While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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.

Mohawk Industries saw its EPS decline at a compound rate of 1.9% per year, over the last three years. The share price decline of 16% is actually steeper than the EPS slippage. So it seems the market was too confident about the business, in the past. The less favorable sentiment is reflected in its current P/E ratio of 11.62.

You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

NYSE:MHK Past and Future Earnings, September 23rd 2019
NYSE:MHK Past and Future Earnings, September 23rd 2019

It’s probably worth noting we’ve seen significant insider buying in the last quarter, which we consider a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Mohawk Industries’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

Investors in Mohawk Industries had a tough year, with a total loss of 34%, against a market gain of about 3.0%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 2.0% over the last half decade. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of Mohawk Industries by clicking this link.

Mohawk Industries is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

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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