It hasn’t been the best quarter for Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ:CTRL) shareholders, since the share price has fallen 10% in that time. But that doesn’t undermine the rather lovely longer-term return, if you measure over the last three years. Indeed, the share price is up a very strong 127% in that time. It’s not uncommon to see a share price retrace a bit, after a big gain. The thing to consider is whether the underlying business is doing well enough to support the current price.
To quote Buffett, ‘Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace…’ By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.
Control4 became profitable within the last three years. Given the importance of this milestone, it’s not overly surprising that the share price has increased strongly.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
We know that Control4 has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? This free interactive report on Control4’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
Investors in Control4 had a tough year, with a total loss of 19%, against a market gain of about 12%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Longer term investors wouldn’t be so upset, since they would have made 0.4%, each year, over five years. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. Is Control4 cheap compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
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