Did Business Growth Power Eagle Pharmaceuticals’s (NASDAQ:EGRX) Share Price Gain of 273%?

When you buy a stock there is always a possibility that it could drop 100%. But on the bright side, you can make far more than 100% on a really good stock. Long term Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGRX) shareholders would be well aware of this, since the stock is up 273% in five years. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 26% gain in the last three months. But this could be related to the strong market, which is up 15% in the last three months.

See our latest analysis for Eagle Pharmaceuticals

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…’ 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.

During the five years of share price growth, Eagle Pharmaceuticals moved from a loss to profitability. That kind of transition can be an inflection point that justifies a strong share price gain, just as we have seen here. Since the company was unprofitable five years ago, but not three years ago, it’s worth taking a look at the returns in the last three years, too. We can see that the Eagle Pharmaceuticals share price is up 26% in the last three years. In the same period, EPS is up 134% per year. This EPS growth is higher than the 8.0% average annual increase in the share price over the same three years. Therefore, it seems the market has moderated its expectations for growth, somewhat.

The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

NasdaqGM:EGRX Past and Future Earnings, March 27th 2019
NasdaqGM:EGRX Past and Future Earnings, March 27th 2019

We know that Eagle Pharmaceuticals has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.

A Different Perspective

Investors in Eagle Pharmaceuticals had a tough year, with a total loss of 5.8%, against a market gain of about 8.7%. 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. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 30% per year over half a decade. 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. Is Eagle Pharmaceuticals cheap compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

We will like Eagle Pharmaceuticals 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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