It might seem bad, but the worst that can happen when you buy a stock (without leverage) is that its share price goes to zero. But if you buy shares in a really great company, you can more than double your money. To wit, the GDI Integrated Facility Services Inc. (TSE:GDI) share price has flown 116% in the last three years. Most would be happy with that. It's also good to see the share price up 34% over the last quarter. The company reported its financial results recently; you can catch up on the latest numbers by reading our company report.
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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.
GDI Integrated Facility Services was able to grow its EPS at 15% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. In comparison, the 29% per year gain in the share price outpaces the EPS growth. This suggests that, as the business progressed over the last few years, it gained the confidence of market participants. It is quite common to see investors become enamoured with a business, after a few years of solid progress.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
We know that GDI Integrated Facility Services has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? This free report showing analyst revenue forecasts should help you figure out if the EPS growth can be sustained.
A Different Perspective
Pleasingly, GDI Integrated Facility Services's total shareholder return last year was 62%. So this year's TSR was actually better than the three-year TSR (annualized) of 29%. The improving returns to shareholders suggests the stock is becoming more popular with time. Before spending more time on GDI Integrated Facility Services it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
Of course GDI Integrated Facility Services 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 CA exchanges.
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