Stock pickers are generally looking for stocks that will outperform the broader market. And in our experience, buying the right stocks can give your wealth a significant boost. For example, long term Breedon Group plc (LON:BREE) shareholders have enjoyed a 23% share price rise over the last half decade, well in excess of the market decline of around 15% (not including dividends). However, more recent returns haven't been as impressive as that, with the stock returning just 6.2% in the last year.
In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. 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).
Breedon Group's earnings per share are down 3.4% per year, despite strong share price performance over five years.
Since EPS is down a bit, and the share price is up, it's probably that the market previously had some concerns about the company, but the reality has been better than feared. In the long term, though, it will be hard for the share price rises to continue without improving EPS.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Breedon Group's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
We're pleased to report that Breedon Group shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 6.2% over one year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 4%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Breedon Group better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Breedon Group you should be aware of.
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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 GB exchanges.
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