If You Had Bought IQVIA Holdings Stock Five Years Ago, You Could Pocket A 169% Gain Today

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When you buy a stock there is always a possibility that it could drop 100%. But on a lighter note, a good company can see its share price rise well over 100% Long term IQVIA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:IQV) shareholders would be well aware of this, since the stock is up 169% in five years. It’s also good to see the share price up 19% over the last quarter. This could be related to the recent financial results, released recently – you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.

View our latest analysis for IQVIA Holdings

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

IQVIA Holdings’s earnings per share are down 7.0% per year, despite strong share price performance over five years. This means it’s unlikely the market is judging the company based on earnings growth. Since the change in EPS doesn’t seem to correlate with the change in share price, it’s worth taking a look at other metrics.

On the other hand, IQVIA Holdings’s revenue is growing nicely, at a compound rate of 22% over the last five years. In that case, the company may be sacrificing current earnings per share to drive growth.

You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).

NYSE:IQV Income Statement, February 25th 2019
NYSE:IQV Income Statement, February 25th 2019

IQVIA Holdings is well known by investors, and plenty of clever analysts have tried to predict the future profit levels. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts

A Different Perspective

We’re pleased to report that IQVIA Holdings shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 43% over one year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 22% per year), it would seem that the stock’s performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. Before spending more time on IQVIA Holdings it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

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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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