We think intelligent long term investing is the way to go. But no-one is immune from buying too high. For example the Perrigo Company plc (NYSE:PRGO) share price dropped 68% over five years. That's not a lot of fun for true believers. The good news is that the stock is up 1.1% in the last week.
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. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
Perrigo became profitable within the last five years. On the other hand, it reported a trailing twelve months loss, suggesting it isn't reliably profitable. Other metrics might give us a better handle on how its value is changing over time.
We don't think that the 1.9% is big factor in the share price, since it's quite small, as dividends go. The revenue decline of 1.5% isn't too bad. But it's quite possible the market had expected better; a closer look at the revenue trends might explain the pessimism.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
It's probably worth noting we've seen significant insider buying in the last quarter, which we consider a positive. On the other hand, we think the revenue and earnings trends are much more meaningful measures of the business. If you are thinking of buying or selling Perrigo stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market gained around 24% in the last year, Perrigo shareholders lost 8.4% (even including dividends). 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. Unfortunately, longer term shareholders are suffering worse, given the loss of 11% doled out over the last five years. We would want clear information suggesting the company will grow, before taking the view that the share price will stabilize. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for Perrigo that you should be aware of before investing here.
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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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