Investing in Hanger (NYSE:HNGR) five years ago would have delivered you a 154% gain

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The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don’t use leverage) is 100% of your money. But on the bright side, you can make far more than 100% on a really good stock. Long term Hanger, Inc. (NYSE:HNGR) shareholders would be well aware of this, since the stock is up 154% in five years. In the last week the share price is up 1.9%.

So let’s investigate and see if the longer term performance of the company has been in line with the underlying business’ progress.

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In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

During the five years of share price growth, Hanger 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).

earnings-per-share-growth

We know that Hanger has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Hanger stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

Hanger shareholders are up 19% for the year. But that return falls short of the market. On the bright side, the longer term returns (running at about 20% a year, over half a decade) look better. It’s quite possible the business continues to execute with prowess, even as the share price gains are slowing. 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 example, we’ve discovered 1 warning sign for Hanger that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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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