It is doubtless a positive to see that the Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL) share price has gained some 38% in the last three months. But that doesn't change the reality of under-performance over the last twelve months. In fact the stock is down 39% in the last year, well below the market return.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect 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).
Comtech Telecommunications fell to a loss making position during the year. Some investors no doubt dumped the stock as a result. Of course, if the company can turn the situation around, investors will likely profit.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
This free interactive report on Comtech Telecommunications' earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
Comtech Telecommunications shareholders are down 38% for the year (even including dividends), but the market itself is up 24%. 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. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 7%, each year, over five years. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 4 warning signs for Comtech Telecommunications (of which 1 is concerning!) you should know about.
Of course Comtech Telecommunications may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
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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