Investing in Venture Life Group (LON:VLG) three years ago would have delivered you a 44% gain

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The last three months have been tough on Venture Life Group plc (LON:VLG) shareholders, who have seen the share price decline a rather worrying 32%. But that shouldn’t obscure the pleasing returns achieved by shareholders over the last three years. In the last three years the share price is up, 44%: better than the market.

So let’s assess the underlying fundamentals over the last 3 years and see if they’ve moved in lock-step with shareholder returns.

View our latest analysis for Venture Life Group

To quote Buffett, ‘Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace…’ 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.

Venture Life Group became profitable within the last three years. That would generally be considered a positive, so we’d expect the share price to be up.

The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

earnings-per-share-growth

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. This free interactive report on Venture Life Group’s earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

Investors in Venture Life Group had a tough year, with a total loss of 23%, against a market gain of about 29%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Longer term investors wouldn’t be so upset, since they would have made 7%, each year, over five years. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Venture Life Group better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We’ve spotted 3 warning signs for Venture Life Group you should be aware of, and 1 of them doesn’t sit too well with us.

Venture Life Group is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on GB exchanges.

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