Investing in stocks comes with the risk that the share price will fall. Anyone who held E2E Networks Limited (NSE:E2E) over the last year knows what a loser feels like. The share price is down a hefty 59% in that time. Because E2E Networks hasn’t been listed for many years, the market is still learning about how the business performs. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 31% in the last three months.
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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 flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
Unhappily, E2E Networks had to report a 75% decline in EPS over the last year. The share price fall of 59% isn’t as bad as the reduction in earnings per share. So the market may not be too worried about the EPS figure, at the moment — or it may have expected earnings to drop faster.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
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A Different Perspective
While E2E Networks shareholders are down 59% for the year, the market itself is up 6.4%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. With the stock down 31% over the last three months, the market doesn’t seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we’d remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. Before deciding if you like the current share price, check how E2E Networks scores on these 3 valuation metrics.
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