Investing in Elixirr International (LON:ELIX) a year ago would have delivered you a 38% gain

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The simplest way to invest in stocks is to buy exchange traded funds. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. For example, the Elixirr International plc (LON:ELIX) share price is up 38% in the last 1 year, clearly besting the market decline of around 0.8% (not including dividends). So that should have shareholders smiling. Elixirr International hasn’t been listed for long, so it’s still not clear if it is a long term winner.

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

Check out our latest analysis for Elixirr International

In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. 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.

Elixirr International was able to grow EPS by 88% in the last twelve months. It’s fair to say that the share price gain of 38% did not keep pace with the EPS growth. So it seems like the market has cooled on Elixirr International, despite the growth. Interesting.

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

earnings-per-share-growth

We know that Elixirr International has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Elixirr International stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that Elixirr International shareholders have gained 38% over the last year, including dividends. And the share price momentum remains respectable, with a gain of 9.5% in the last three months. Demand for the stock from multiple parties is pushing the price higher; it could be that word is getting out about its virtues as a business. 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. To that end, you should be aware of the 1 warning sign we’ve spotted with Elixirr International .

Of course Elixirr International 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 GB exchanges.

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