If You Had Bought TravelCenters of America (NASDAQ:TA) Stock Three Years Ago, You’d Be Sitting On A 54% Loss, Today

If you love investing in stocks you’re bound to buy some losers. Long term TravelCenters of America LLC (NASDAQ:TA) shareholders know that all too well, since the share price is down considerably over three years. Regrettably, they have had to cope with a 54% drop in the share price over that period. Even worse, it’s down 12% in about a month, which isn’t fun at all. Importantly, this could be a market reaction to the recently released financial results. You can check out the latest numbers in our company report.

View our latest analysis for TravelCenters of America

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.

TravelCenters of America saw its share price decline over the three years in which its EPS also dropped, falling to a loss. Due to the loss, it’s not easy to use EPS as a reliable guide to the business. But it’s safe to say we’d generally expect the share price to be lower as a result!

The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

NasdaqGS:TA Past and Future Earnings, March 8th 2019
NasdaqGS:TA Past and Future Earnings, March 8th 2019

It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on TravelCenters of America’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

It’s good to see that TravelCenters of America has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 19% in the last twelve months. Notably the five-year annualised TSR loss of 13% per year compares very unfavourably with the recent share price performance. This makes us a little wary, but the business might have turned around its fortunes. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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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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