The three-year shareholder returns and company earnings persist lower as AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) stock falls a further 15% in past week

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 23, 2022
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As an investor its worth striving to ensure your overall portfolio beats the market average. But its virtually certain that sometimes you will buy stocks that fall short of the market average returns. Unfortunately, that's been the case for longer term AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ:AMCX) shareholders, since the share price is down 44% in the last three years, falling well short of the market return of around 71%. The more recent news is of little comfort, with the share price down 27% in a year. Furthermore, it's down 17% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders. However, one could argue that the price has been influenced by the general market, which is down 7.9% in the same timeframe.

After losing 15% this past week, it's worth investigating the company's fundamentals to see what we can infer from past performance.

Check out our latest analysis for AMC Networks

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

During the three years that the share price fell, AMC Networks' earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 3.9% each year. The share price decline of 18% is actually steeper than the EPS slippage. So it's likely that the EPS decline has disappointed the market, leaving investors hesitant to buy. The less favorable sentiment is reflected in its current P/E ratio of 4.63.

The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

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NasdaqGS:AMCX Earnings Per Share Growth January 23rd 2022

We know that AMC Networks has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? You could check out this free report showing analyst revenue forecasts.

A Different Perspective

Investors in AMC Networks had a tough year, with a total loss of 27%, against a market gain of about 5.6%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 6% per year over five years. We realise that Baron Rothschild 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 business. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand AMC Networks better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we've discovered 4 warning signs for AMC Networks (1 makes us a bit uncomfortable!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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