Investing in TC Bancshares (NASDAQ:TCBC) a year ago would have delivered you a 14% gain

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Passive investing in index funds can generate returns that roughly match the overall market. But investors can boost returns by picking market-beating companies to own shares in. For example, the TC Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:TCBC) share price is up 13% in the last 1 year, clearly besting the market decline of around 15% (not including dividends). If it can keep that out-performance up over the long term, investors will do very well! Note that businesses generally develop over the long term, so the returns over the last year might not reflect a long term trend.

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.

View our latest analysis for TC Bancshares

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 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.

During the last year TC Bancshares grew its earnings per share, moving from a loss to a profit.

The company was close to break-even last year, so earnings per share of US$0.24 isn’t particularly stand out. But judging by the share price, the market is happy with the maiden profit. Some investors scan for companies that have just become profitable, since that’s an important business development milestone.

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

earnings-per-share-growth

We’re pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. This free interactive report on TC Bancshares’ earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that TC Bancshares shareholders have gained 14% over the last year, including dividends. Unfortunately the share price is down 0.9% over the last quarter. It may simply be that the share price got ahead of itself, although there may have been fundamental developments that are weighing on it. 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. Case in point: We’ve spotted 1 warning sign for TC Bancshares you should be aware of.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

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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