TopBuild's (NYSE:BLD) Wonderful 427% Share Price Increase Shows How Capitalism Can Build Wealth

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It hasn’t been the best quarter for TopBuild Corp. (NYSE:BLD) shareholders, since the share price has fallen 12% in that time. But that does not change the realty that the stock’s performance has been terrific, over five years. Indeed, the share price is up a whopping 427% in that time. Arguably, the recent fall is to be expected after such a strong rise. Of course what matters most is whether the business can improve itself sustainably, thus justifying a higher price.

Check out our latest analysis for TopBuild

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

During five years of share price growth, TopBuild achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 26% per year. This EPS growth is slower than the share price growth of 39% per year, over the same period. This suggests that market participants hold the company in higher regard, these days. That’s not necessarily surprising considering the five-year track record of earnings growth.

You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

earnings-per-share-growth

We’re pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. It’s always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on TopBuild’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

We’re pleased to report that TopBuild shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 59% over one year. That’s better than the annualised return of 39% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand TopBuild better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 2 warning signs with TopBuild , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

But note: TopBuild may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).

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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