By buying an index fund, you can roughly match the market return with ease. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. For example, the Sanmina Corporation (NASDAQ:SANM) share price is up 35% in the last three years, clearly besting the market return of around 24% (not including dividends). However, more recent returns haven't been as impressive as that, with the stock returning just 3.8% in the last year.
The past week has proven to be lucrative for Sanmina investors, so let's see if fundamentals drove the company's three-year performance.
Check out our latest analysis for Sanmina
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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 three years of share price growth, Sanmina achieved compound earnings per share growth of 42% per year. The average annual share price increase of 11% is actually lower than the EPS growth. So it seems investors have become more cautious about the company, over time. This cautious sentiment is reflected in its (fairly low) P/E ratio of 8.65.
The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).NasdaqGS:SANM Earnings Per Share Growth June 24th 2022
It is of course excellent to see how Sanmina has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. If you are thinking of buying or selling Sanmina stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Sanmina shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 3.8% over the last year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 1.4% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. 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. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Sanmina (of which 1 is a bit unpleasant!) you should know about.
If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can 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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