By buying an index fund, you can roughly match the market return with ease. But if you buy good businesses at attractive prices, your portfolio returns could exceed the average market return. For example, the PRA Health Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAH) share price is up 96% in the last three years, clearly besting than the market return of around 33% (not including dividends).
While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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 three years of share price growth, PRA Health Sciences achieved compound earnings per share growth of 25% per year. Notably, the 25% average annual share price gain matches up nicely with the EPS growth rate. This suggests that sentiment and expectations have not changed drastically. Rather, the share price has approximately tracked EPS growth.
We know that PRA Health Sciences has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? Check if analysts think PRA Health Sciences will grow revenue in the future.
A Different Perspective
PRA Health Sciences shareholders are down 8.0% for the year, but the broader market is up 3.5%. Of course the long term matters more than the short term, and even great stocks will sometimes have a poor year. Investors are up over three years, booking 25% per year, much better than the more recent returns. Sometimes when a good quality long term winner has a weak period, it’s turns out to be an opportunity, but you really need to be sure that the quality is there. Before forming an opinion on PRA Health Sciences you might want to consider these 3 valuation metrics.
But note: PRA Health Sciences may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
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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