Investing in Arrow Electronics (NYSE:ARW) five years ago would have delivered you a 81% gain

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The main point of investing for the long term is to make money. Furthermore, you’d generally like to see the share price rise faster than the market. But Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) has fallen short of that second goal, with a share price rise of 81% over five years, which is below the market return. On a brighter note, more newer shareholders are probably rather content with the 45% share price gain over twelve months.

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

See our latest analysis for Arrow Electronics

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.

Over half a decade, Arrow Electronics managed to grow its earnings per share at 15% a year. This EPS growth is higher than the 13% average annual increase in the share price. So one could conclude that the broader market has become more cautious towards the stock. The reasonably low P/E ratio of 10.51 also suggests market apprehension.

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 Arrow Electronics has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? You could check out this free report showing analyst revenue forecasts.

A Different Perspective

We’re pleased to report that Arrow Electronics shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 45% over one year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 13%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. 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. Take risks, for example – Arrow Electronics has 2 warning signs we think you should be aware of.

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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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