Passive investing in an index fund is a good way to ensure your own returns roughly match the overall market. While individual stocks can be big winners, plenty more fail to generate satisfactory returns. That downside risk was realized by Frontdoor, Inc. (NASDAQ:FTDR) shareholders over the last year, as the share price declined 45%. That contrasts poorly with the market decline of 11%. We note that it has not been easy for shareholders over three years, either; the share price is down 40% in that time. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 16% in the last three months.
So let’s have a look and see if the longer term performance of the company has been in line with the underlying business’ progress.
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.
Even though the Frontdoor share price is down over the year, its EPS actually improved. It’s quite possible that growth expectations may have been unreasonable in the past.
The divergence between the EPS and the share price is quite notable, during the year. But we might find some different metrics explain the share price movements better.
Frontdoor managed to grow revenue over the last year, which is usually a real positive. Since the fundamental metrics don’t readily explain the share price drop, there might be an opportunity if the market has overreacted.
You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
It’s good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That’s a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. If you are thinking of buying or selling Frontdoor stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.
A Different Perspective
The last twelve months weren’t great for Frontdoor shares, which performed worse than the market, costing holders 45%. Meanwhile, the broader market slid about 11%, likely weighing on the stock. The three-year loss of 12% per year isn’t as bad as the last twelve months, suggesting that the company has not been able to convince the market it has solved its problems. Although Baron Rothschild famously said to “buy when there’s blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own”, he also focusses on high quality stocks with solid prospects. 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. For instance, we’ve identified 1 warning sign for Frontdoor that 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 US exchanges.
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