Taking the occasional loss comes part and parcel with investing on the stock market. And there’s no doubt that Weber Inc. (NYSE:WEBR) stock has had a really bad year. The share price has slid 58% in that time. Weber may have better days ahead, of course; we’ve only looked at a one year period. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 19% in the last 90 days.
It’s worthwhile assessing if the company’s economics have been moving in lockstep with these underwhelming shareholder returns, or if there is some disparity between the two. So let’s do just that.
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).
Weber fell to a loss making position during the year. Buyers no doubt think it’s a temporary situation, but those with a nose for quality have low tolerance for losses. Of course, if the company can turn the situation around, investors will likely profit.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. This free interactive report on Weber’s earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
We doubt Weber shareholders are happy with the loss of 57% over twelve months (even including dividends). That falls short of the market, which lost 11%. There’s no doubt that’s a disappointment, but the stock may well have fared better in a stronger market. With the stock down 19% over the last three months, the market doesn’t seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Weber better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that Weber is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about…
If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).
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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