If You Had Bought Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) Shares Five Years Ago You’d Have Made 453%

While Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) shareholders are probably generally happy, the stock hasn’t had particularly good run recently, with the share price falling 10% in the last quarter. But that doesn’t undermine the fantastic longer term performance (measured over five years). To be precise, the stock price is 453% higher than it was five years ago, a wonderful performance by any measure. So it might be that some shareholders are taking profits after good performance. But the real question is whether the business fundamentals can improve over the long term.

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In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. 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.

Over half a decade, Netflix managed to grow its earnings per share at 40% a year. This EPS growth is remarkably close to the 41% average annual increase in the share price. This indicates that investor sentiment towards the company has not changed a great deal. Indeed, it would appear the share price is reacting to the EPS.

NasdaqGS:NFLX Past and Future Earnings, July 27th 2019
NasdaqGS:NFLX Past and Future Earnings, July 27th 2019

We know that Netflix has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.

A Different Perspective

Investors in Netflix had a tough year, with a total loss of 5.5%, against a market gain of about 7.5%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Longer term investors wouldn’t be so upset, since they would have made 41%, each year, over five years. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. If you would like to research Netflix in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

We will like Netflix 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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