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The worst result, after buying shares in a company (assuming no leverage), would be if you lose all the money you put in. But in contrast you can make much more than 100% if the company does well. To wit, the Enova International, Inc. (NYSE:ENVA) share price has flown 230% in the last three years. How nice for those who held the stock! The last week saw the share price soften some 3.9%.
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.
Enova International was able to grow its EPS at 37% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. In comparison, the 49% per year gain in the share price outpaces the EPS growth. This indicates that the market is feeling more optimistic on the stock, after the last few years of progress. It is quite common to see investors become enamoured with a business, after a few years of solid progress.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
We know that Enova International has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Enova International stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
The last twelve months weren’t great for Enova International shares, which cost holders 39%, while the market was up about 7.2%. Of course the long term matters more than the short term, and even great stocks will sometimes have a poor year. Fortunately the longer term story is brighter, with total returns averaging about 49% per year over three years. The recent sell-off could be an opportunity if the business remains sound, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long-term growth trend. Before forming an opinion on Enova International you might want to consider these 3 valuation metrics.
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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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