iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) Shareholders should be pleased to see the stock price rise 17% over the past month. But that’s hardly comforting for those who have held on for the past half-decade, sitting on a big loss. In fact, the stock price has rather fallen, down about 55% during this time. So we don’t know if the recent rebound is anything to celebrate. However, in the best case (far from fait accompli), this performance improvement can be maintained.
Although last week was more reassuring for shareholders, they are still in the red over the past five years, so let’s see if the underlying activity was responsible for the decline.
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In his test The Graham-and-Doddsville super-investors Warren Buffett has described how stock prices don’t always rationally reflect a company’s value. One way to look at how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s stock price and its earnings per share (EPS).
Over the past half-decade, iRobot has seen its share price plummet as its EPS fell below zero. Currently, it is difficult to make meaningful comparisons between EPS and stock price. However, we can say that we expect to see a decline in the stock price in this scenario.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see more details).
Dive deeper into iRobot’s key metrics by viewing this interactive chart of iRobot’s earnings, revenue, and cash flow.
A different perspective
While the broader market lost around 11% in the twelve months, iRobot shareholders fared even worse, losing 47%. That said, it is inevitable that some stocks will be oversold in a falling market. The key is to keep your eyes on the fundamental developments. Unfortunately, last year’s performance capped a bad run, with shareholders facing a total loss of 9% per year over five years. We realize that Baron Rothschild said investors should “buy when there’s blood in the streets”, but we caution that investors must first make sure they are buying a high quality company. You can better understand iRobot’s growth by viewing this more detailed historical chart of earnings, revenue, and cash flow.
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Please note that the market returns quoted in this article reflect the average market-weighted returns of stocks currently trading on US exchanges.
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