Investing in Textron (NYSE:TXT) five years ago would have delivered you a 30% gain

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Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 22% in the last quarter. On the bright side the share price is up over the last half decade. In that time, it is up 29%, which isn’t bad, but is below the market return of 59%.

Now it’s worth having a look at the company’s fundamentals too, because that will help us determine if the long term shareholder return has matched the performance of the underlying business.

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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).

Over half a decade, Textron managed to grow its earnings per share at 4.1% a year. This EPS growth is lower than the 5% average annual increase in the share price. This suggests that market participants hold the company in higher regard, these days. That’s not necessarily surprising considering the five-year track record of earnings growth.

You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

earnings-per-share-growth

We know that Textron has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? Check if analysts think Textron will grow revenue in the future.

A Different Perspective

Although it hurts that Textron returned a loss of 11% in the last twelve months, the broader market was actually worse, returning a loss of 20%. Longer term investors wouldn’t be so upset, since they would have made 5%, each year, over five years. It could be that the business is just facing some short term problems, but shareholders should keep a close eye on the fundamentals. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks, for example – Textron has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.

Of course Textron 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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