Unfortunately, investing is risky – companies can and do go bankrupt. But if you pick the right business to buy shares in, you can make more than you can lose. For example, the Ranger Oil Corporation (NASDAQ:ROCC) share price has soared 147% in the last 1 year. Most would be very happy with that, especially in just one year! It’s even up 4.9% in the last week. In contrast, the longer term returns are negative, since the share price is 21% lower than it was three years ago.
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.
While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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 last year Ranger Oil grew its earnings per share, moving from a loss to a profit.
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.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
It’s probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. It’s always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here..
A Different Perspective
It’s good to see that Ranger Oil has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 147% in the last twelve months. There’s no doubt those recent returns are much better than the TSR loss of 4% per year over five years. We generally put more weight on the long term performance over the short term, but the recent improvement could hint at a (positive) inflection point within the business. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks, for example – Ranger Oil has 3 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit concerning) we think you should know about.
But note: Ranger Oil 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 US exchanges.
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