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Investing in Amerant Bancorp (NASDAQ:AMTB) three years ago would have delivered you a 34% gain

Vanguard founder Jack Bogle helped spearhead the low-cost index fund, putting average returns within reach of every investor. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. To wit, Amerant Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:AMTB) shares are up 33% in three years, besting the market return. More recently the stock has gained 12% in a year, which isn't too bad.

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.

View our latest analysis for Amerant Bancorp

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

During three years of share price growth, Amerant Bancorp achieved compound earnings per share growth of 37% per year. The average annual share price increase of 10% is actually lower than the EPS growth. So it seems investors have become more cautious about the company, over time. This cautious sentiment is reflected in its (fairly low) P/E ratio of 8.47.

The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

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We know that Amerant Bancorp has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.

A Different Perspective

Pleasingly, Amerant Bancorp's total shareholder return last year was 13%. That includes the value of the dividend. So this year's TSR was actually better than the three-year TSR (annualized) of 10%. Given the track record of solid returns over varying time frames, it might be worth putting Amerant Bancorp on your watchlist. 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.

If you are like me, then you will not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

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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