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Investing in ReadyTech Holdings (ASX:RDY) three years ago would have delivered you a 69% gain

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One simple way to benefit from the stock market is to buy an index fund. But many of us dare to dream of bigger returns, and build a portfolio ourselves. For example, ReadyTech Holdings Limited (ASX:RDY) shareholders have seen the share price rise 69% over three years, well in excess of the market return (18%, not including dividends). On the other hand, the returns haven’t been quite so good recently, with shareholders up just 46%.

Let’s take a look at the underlying fundamentals over the longer term, and see if they’ve been consistent with shareholders returns.

Check out our latest analysis for ReadyTech Holdings

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect 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, ReadyTech Holdings moved from a loss to profitability. That would generally be considered a positive, so we’d expect the share price to be up.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

earnings-per-share-growth

We know that ReadyTech Holdings has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? Check if analysts think ReadyTech Holdings will grow revenue in the future.

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that ReadyTech Holdings shareholders have gained 46% (in total) over the last year. That’s better than the annualized TSR of 19% over the last three years. Given the track record of solid returns over varying time frames, it might be worth putting ReadyTech Holdings on your watchlist. 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 – ReadyTech Holdings has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.

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 AU exchanges.

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