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The 12% return this week takes Pushpay Holdings’ (NZSE:PPH) shareholders’ five-year gains to 116%

While Pushpay Holdings Limited (NZSE:PPH) shareholders are probably generally happy, the stock hasn’t had a particularly good run recently, with the share price falling 24% in the last quarter. But in stark contrast, the returns over the last half decade have impressed. We think most investors would be happy with the 116% return, over that period. Generally speaking the long term returns will give you a better idea of ​​business quality than short periods can. Ultimately business performance will determine whether the stock price continues the positive long term trend. Unfortunately not all shareholders will have held it for the long term, so spare a thought for those caught in the 42% decline over the last twelve months.

Since the stock has added US$125m to its market cap in the past week alone, let’s see if underlying performance has been driving long-term returns.

See our latest analysis for Pushpay Holdings

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it’s a weighing machine. 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 five years of share price growth, Pushpay Holdings moved from a loss to profitability. Sometimes, the start of profitability is a major inflection point that can signal fast earnings growth to come, which in turn justifies very strong share price gains.

The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values ​​by clicking on the image).

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NZSE:PPH Earnings Per Share Growth March 5th 2022

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of Pushpay Holdings’ earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market lost about 1.5% in the twelve months, Pushpay Holdings shareholders did even worse, losing 42%. Having said that, it’s inevitable that some stocks will be oversold in a falling market. The key is to keep your eyes on the fundamental developments. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 17% per year over half a decade. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. 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. Take risks, for example – Pushpay Holdings has 3 warning signs we think you should be aware of.

If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on NZ exchanges.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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