ePlus (NASDAQ:PLUS) jumps 3.7% this week, though earnings growth is still tracking behind five-year shareholder returns

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 21, 2022
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If you buy and hold a stock for many years, you'd hope to be making a profit. Better yet, you'd like to see the share price move up more than the market average. Unfortunately for shareholders, while the ePlus inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS) share price is up 62% in the last five years, that's less than the market return. Over the last twelve months the stock price has risen a very respectable 15%.

Since the stock has added US$56m to its market cap in the past week alone, let's see if underlying performance has been driving long-term returns.

View our latest analysis for ePlus

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...' 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.

During five years of share price growth, ePlus achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 15% per year. The EPS growth is more impressive than the yearly share price gain of 10% over the same period. So it seems the market isn't so enthusiastic about the stock these days.

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

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NasdaqGS:PLUS Earnings Per Share Growth April 21st 2022

We know that ePlus has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? You could check out this free report showing analyst revenue forecasts.

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that ePlus shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 15% over one year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 10% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. 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. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for ePlus 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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