Imagine Owning Innophos Holdings (NASDAQ:IPHS) And Wondering If The 38% Share Price Slide Is Justified

While not a mind-blowing move, it is good to see that the Innophos Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPHS) share price has gained 23% in the last three months. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last five years have been less than pleasing. After all, the share price is down 38% in that time, significantly under-performing the market.

See our latest analysis for Innophos Holdings

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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.

Looking back five years, both Innophos Holdings’s share price and EPS declined; the latter at a rate of 4.0% per year. Readers should note that the share price has fallen faster than the EPS, at a rate of 9.2% per year, over the period. This implies that the market is more cautious about the business these days.

You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

NasdaqGS:IPHS Past and Future Earnings, April 15th 2019
NasdaqGS:IPHS Past and Future Earnings, April 15th 2019

We know that Innophos Holdings has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? This free report showing analyst revenue forecasts should help you figure out if the EPS growth can be sustained.

What About Dividends?

It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. The TSR is a return calculation that accounts for the value of cash dividends (assuming that any dividend received was reinvested) and the calculated value of any discounted capital raisings and spin-offs. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. In the case of Innophos Holdings, it has a TSR of -23% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!

A Different Perspective

Investors in Innophos Holdings had a tough year, with a total loss of 17% (including dividends), against a market gain of about 10%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 5.0% over the last half decade. We realise that Buffett has said investors should ‘buy when there is blood on the streets’, but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. Keeping this in mind, a solid next step might be to take a look at Innophos Holdings’s dividend track record. This free interactive graph is a great place to start.

We will like Innophos Holdings 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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