Investing in Magyar Bancorp (NASDAQ:MGYR) three years ago would have delivered you a 25% gain

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Low-cost index funds make it easy to achieve average market returns. But if you invest in individual stocks, some are likely to underperform. That’s what has happened with the Magyar Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:MGYR) share price. It’s up 23% over three years, but that is below the market return. Zooming in, the stock is up a respectable 6.8% in the last year.

With that in mind, it’s worth seeing if the company’s underlying fundamentals have been the driver of long term performance, or if there are some discrepancies.

Check out our latest analysis for Magyar Bancorp

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.

Magyar Bancorp was able to grow its EPS at 34% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. The average annual share price increase of 7% is actually lower than the EPS growth. So it seems investors have become more cautious about the company, over time.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

earnings-per-share-growth

Dive deeper into Magyar Bancorp’s key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Magyar Bancorp’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

It’s good to see that Magyar Bancorp has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 8.4% in the last twelve months. That’s better than the annualised return of 2% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. 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. For instance, we’ve identified 1 warning sign for Magyar Bancorp that you should be aware of.

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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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