Bitcoin Group SE (ETR:ADE) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 22% in the last month. Meanwhile over the last three years the stock has dropped hard. Tragically, the share price declined 64% in that time. So it is really good to see an improvement. The rise has some hopeful, but turnarounds are often precarious.
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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. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.
During the unfortunate three years of share price decline, Bitcoin Group actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 62% per year. Given the share price reaction, one might suspect that EPS is not a good guide to the business performance during the period (perhaps due to a one-off loss or gain). Alternatively, growth expectations may have been unreasonable in the past.
It’s worth taking a look at other metrics, because the EPS growth doesn’t seem to match with the falling share price.
We think that the revenue decline over three years, at a rate of 8.6% per year, probably had some shareholders looking to sell. After all, if revenue keeps shrinking, it may be difficult to find earnings growth in the future.
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
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A Different Perspective
Pleasingly, Bitcoin Group’s total shareholder return last year was 1.7%. That certainly beats the loss of about 18% per year over three years. It could well be that the business has turned around — or else regained the confidence of investors. 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. Even so, be aware that Bitcoin Group is showing 1 warning sign in our investment analysis , you should know about…
We will like Bitcoin Group better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on DE exchanges.
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