Earnings and shareholder returns at Pediatrix Medical Group (NYSE:MD) have trended downward over the past five years, but the stock has climbed 7.9% in the past week
Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc. (NYSE:MD) Shareholders should be pleased to see the stock price rise 16% in the last quarter. But that doesn’t change the fact that returns over the past five years have been less than pleasing. You would have done much better buying an index fund, since the stock has fallen 50% over this half-decade.
On a more encouraging note, the company has added $129 million to its market capitalization in the last 7 days alone, so let’s see if we can work out what led to the five-year loss for shareholders.
To quote Buffett, “Ships will circumnavigate the globe, but the Flat Earth Society will prosper. There will continue to be wide gaps between price and value in the market…’ An imperfect but simple way to examine how a company’s market perception has changed is to compare the evolution of earnings by action (EPS) with action price movement.
Looking back five years, Pediatrix Medical Group’s share price and EPS have both fallen; the latter at a rate of 21% per annum. The decline in share price of 13% per year is not as bad as the decline in EPS. So the market may have previously been expecting a decline, or it may be expecting things to improve.
The graph below illustrates the evolution of EPS over time (reveal the exact values by clicking on the image).
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A different perspective
While the broader market lost around 8.9% in the twelve months, Pediatrix Medical Group shareholders fared even worse, losing 36%. However, it could simply be that the stock price was impacted by greater market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there is a good opportunity. Unfortunately, last year’s performance capped a bad run, with shareholders facing a total loss of 8% per year over five years. We realize Baron Rothschild said investors should “buy when there is blood in the streets”, but we caution that investors must first ensure they are buying a high quality company. While it is worth considering the various impacts that market conditions can have on the stock price, there are other, even more important factors. To do this, you need to find out about the 2 warning signs we identified some with Pediatrix Medical Group (including 1 that is significant).
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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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