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If You Had Bought AXMIN (CVE:AXM) Shares Five Years Ago You'd Have Made 1900%

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Long term investing can be life changing when you buy and hold the truly great businesses. While the best companies are hard to find, but they can generate massive returns over long periods. Don't believe it? Then look at the AXMIN Inc. (CVE:AXM) share price. It's 1900% higher than it was five years ago. If that doesn't get you thinking about long term investing, we don't know what will. On the other hand, we note it's down 9.1% in about a month.

We love happy stories like this one. The company should be really proud of that performance!

Check out our latest analysis for AXMIN

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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).

During the five years of share price growth, AXMIN moved from a loss to profitability. Sometimes, the start of profitability is a major inflection point that can signal fast earnings growth to come, which in turn justifies very strong share price gains. Since the company was unprofitable five years ago, but not three years ago, it's worth taking a look at the returns in the last three years, too. Indeed, the AXMIN share price has gained 900% in three years. During the same period, EPS grew by 44% each year. Notably, the EPS growth has been slower than the annualised share price gain of 115% over three years. So it's fair to assume the market has a higher opinion of the business than it did three years ago.

The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

TSXV:AXM Past and Future Earnings, July 30th 2019

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A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that AXMIN shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 186% over one year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 82% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

But note: AXMIN may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).

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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