Did Business Growth Power Cooper Companies’s Share Price Gain of 128%?

When you buy a stock there is always a possibility that it could drop 100%. But on the bright side, if you buy shares in a high quality company at the right price, you can gain well over 100%. For example, the The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO) share price has soared 128% in the last half decade. Most would be very happy with that. We note the stock price is up 4.8% in the last seven days.

See our latest analysis for Cooper Companies

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect 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.

Cooper Companies’s earnings per share are down 14% per year, despite strong share price performance over five years. This means it’s unlikely the market is judging the company based on earnings growth. Since the change in EPS doesn’t seem to correlate with the change in share price, it’s worth taking a look at other metrics.

We doubt the modest 0.02% dividend yield is attracting many buyers to the stock. In contrast revenue growth of 8.8% per year is probably viewed as evidence that Cooper Companies is growing, a real positive. In that case, the company may be sacrificing current earnings per share to drive growth.

The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.

NYSE:COO Income Statement, February 26th 2019
NYSE:COO Income Statement, February 26th 2019

We’re pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. It’s always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts

A Different Perspective

It’s good to see that Cooper Companies has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 26% in the last twelve months. That’s including the dividend. That’s better than the annualised return of 18% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

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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