Can You Imagine How Chuffed OneSpan’s (NASDAQ:OSPN) Shareholders Feel About Its 141% Share Price Gain?

OneSpan Inc. (NASDAQ:OSPN) shareholders have seen the share price descend 11% over the month. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last five years have been very strong. We think most investors would be happy with the 141% return, over that period. To some, the recent pullback wouldn’t be surprising after such a fast rise. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s cheap now.

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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 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).

During the five years of share price growth, OneSpan moved from a loss to profitability. Sometimes, the start of profitability is a major inflection point that can signal fast earnings growth to come, which in turn justifies very strong share price gains.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

NasdaqCM:OSPN Past and Future Earnings, April 3rd 2019
NasdaqCM:OSPN Past and Future Earnings, April 3rd 2019

We know that OneSpan has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? If you’re interested, you could check this free report showing consensus revenue forecasts.

A Different Perspective

We’re pleased to report that OneSpan shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 50% over one year. That’s better than the annualised return of 19% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. If you would like to research OneSpan in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

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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