Investing in Commercial Vehicle Group (NASDAQ:CVGI) a year ago would have delivered you a 90% gain

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While Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVGI) shareholders are probably generally happy, the stock hasn’t had particularly good run recently, with the share price falling 15% in the last quarter. But that doesn’t change the reality that over twelve months the stock has done really well. In that time we’ve seen the stock easily surpass the market return, with a gain of 90%.

So let’s assess the underlying fundamentals over the last 1 year and see if they’ve moved in lock-step with shareholder returns.

See our latest analysis for Commercial Vehicle Group

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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.

Commercial Vehicle Group went from making a loss to reporting a profit, in the last year.

The result looks like a strong improvement to us, so we’re not surprised the market likes the growth. Inflection points like this can be a great time to take a closer look at a company.

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

It’s good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That’s a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here..

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that Commercial Vehicle Group shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 90% over the last year. That’s better than the annualised return of 11% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we’ve spotted 2 warning signs for Commercial Vehicle Group (of which 1 shouldn’t be ignored!) 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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