If you buy and hold a stock for many years, you'd hope to be making a profit. Furthermore, you'd generally like to see the share price rise faster than the market. But Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:IART) has fallen short of that second goal, with a share price rise of 64% over five years, which is below the market return. Some buyers are laughing, though, with an increase of 42% in the last year.
Now it's worth having a look at the company's fundamentals too, because that will help us determine if the long term shareholder return has matched the performance of the underlying business.
While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.
During the last half decade, Integra LifeSciences Holdings became profitable. That's generally thought to be a genuine positive, so we would expect to see an increasing share price.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that Integra LifeSciences Holdings has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? This free interactive report on Integra LifeSciences Holdings' 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 Integra LifeSciences Holdings shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 42% over the last year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 10%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. For example, we've discovered 2 warning signs for Integra LifeSciences Holdings (1 can't be ignored!) that you should be aware of before investing here.
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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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