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Despite shrinking by US$18m in the past week, Kingsway Financial Services (NYSE:KFS) shareholders are still up 311% over 3 years
It's been a soft week for Kingsway Financial Services Inc. (NYSE:KFS) shares, which are down 11%. But over the last three years the stock has shone bright like a diamond. In fact, the share price has taken off in that time, up 311%. So the recent fall doesn't do much to dampen our respect for the business. The share price action could signify that the business itself is dramatically improved, in that time.
While this past week has detracted from the company's three-year return, let's look at the recent trends of the underlying business and see if the gains have been in alignment.
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To quote Buffett, 'Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace...' 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).
Kingsway Financial Services became profitable within the last three years. Given the importance of this milestone, it's not overly surprising that the share price has increased strongly.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. This free interactive report on Kingsway Financial Services' earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
We're pleased to report that Kingsway Financial Services shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 62% over one year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 18% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. 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. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 3 warning signs with Kingsway Financial Services (at least 2 which shouldn't be ignored) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
Kingsway Financial Services is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with 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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Kingsway Financial Services
Kingsway Financial Services Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the extended warranty and business services in the United States.
Slightly overvalued with questionable track record.