Buying shares in the best businesses can build meaningful wealth for you and your family. And highest quality companies can see their share prices grow by huge amounts. To wit, the Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ:PODD) share price has soared 740% over five years. This just goes to show the value creation that some businesses can achieve. It's even up 5.4% in the last week. This could be related to the recent financial results, released less than a week ago -- you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.
Anyone who held for that rewarding ride would probably be keen to talk about it.
Given that Insulet only made minimal earnings in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue to gauge its business development. Generally speaking, we'd consider a stock like this alongside loss-making companies, simply because the quantum of the profit is so low. It would be hard to believe in a more profitable future without growing revenues.
For the last half decade, Insulet can boast revenue growth at a rate of 23% per year. Even measured against other revenue-focussed companies, that's a good result. Arguably, this is well and truly reflected in the strong share price gain of 53%(per year) over the same period. Despite the strong run, top performers like Insulet have been known to go on winning for decades. On the face of it, this looks lke a good opportunity, although we note sentiment seems very positive already.
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
It's probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Insulet will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).
A Different Perspective
Insulet's TSR for the year was broadly in line with the market average, at 49%. It has to be noted that the recent return falls short of the 53% shareholders have gained each year, over half a decade. Although the share price growth has slowed, the longer term story points to a business well worth watching. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Insulet better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for Insulet you should be aware of, and 1 of them makes us a bit uncomfortable.
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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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What are the risks and opportunities for Insulet?
Earnings are forecast to grow 50.65% per year
Became profitable this year
Interest payments are not well covered by earnings
Significant insider selling over the past 3 months
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