If you want to compound wealth in the stock market, you can do so by buying an index fund. But you can do a lot better than that by buying good quality businesses for attractive prices. For example, the NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) share price is up 41% in the last five years, slightly above the market return. Also positive is the 5.8% share price rise over the last year.
In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. 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.
Over half a decade, NuVasive managed to grow its earnings per share at 6.4% a year. This EPS growth is reasonably close to the 7.2% average annual increase in the share price. This indicates that investor sentiment towards the company has not changed a great deal. Indeed, it would appear the share price is reacting to the EPS.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on NuVasive’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that NuVasive shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 5.8% over the last year. Having said that, the five-year TSR of 7.2% a year, is even better. You could get a better understanding of NuVasive’s growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.
We will like NuVasive better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, 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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