Can You Imagine How Chuffed LifeVantage’s (NASDAQ:LFVN) Shareholders Feel About Its 196% Share Price Gain?

LifeVantage Corporation (NASDAQ:LFVN) shareholders have seen the share price descend 21% over the month. On the other hand, over the last twelve months the stock has delivered rather impressive returns. Like an eagle, the share price soared 196% in that time. So we think most shareholders won’t be too upset about the recent fall. The real question is whether the business is trending in the right direction.

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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 way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

LifeVantage was able to grow EPS by 396% in the last twelve months. It’s fair to say that the share price gain of 196% did not keep pace with the EPS growth. So it seems like the market has cooled on LifeVantage, despite the growth. Interesting.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

NasdaqCM:LFVN Past and Future Earnings, April 18th 2019
NasdaqCM:LFVN Past and Future Earnings, April 18th 2019

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A Different Perspective

It’s good to see that LifeVantage has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 196% in the last twelve months. That’s better than the annualised return of 2.1% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. Before spending more time on LifeVantage it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

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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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