When you buy a stock and hold it for the long term, you definitely want it to provide positive returns. But beyond that, you probably want it to rise above the market average. Unfortunately for shareholders while the Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) Its stock is up 53% over the past five years, less than the market return. If you zoom in, the stock is only up 1.2% over the past year.

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While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, stock prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. A flawed but sane way of assessing how sentiment has changed around a company is to compare earnings per share (EPS) to its share price.

For five years of its share price, Herbalife Nutrition achieved total earnings per share (EPS) growth of 12% per year. The EPS growth is more impressive than the 9% annual stock price gain over the same period. So it seems that the market is not that keen on the stock these days.

In the image below you can see how the EPS has changed over time (click on the graph to see the exact values).

NYSE: HLF Earnings Per Share Growth July 30, 2021

It’s great to see Herbalife Nutrition grow its profits over the years, of course, but the future is more important to shareholders. This is taking a closer look at Herbalife Nutrition’s financial health free report on its balance sheet.

Another perspective

Herbalife Nutrition delivered a TSR of 1.2% for the past twelve months. But that rate of return lags behind the market. If we look back five years, the returns are even better, being 9% a year for five years. Perhaps the stock price is just taking a breather while the company executes its growth strategy. It is always interesting to follow the development of the share price over the longer term. But to better understand Herbalife Nutrition, we need to consider many other factors. Like risks, for example. Every company has them and we discovered them 3 warning signs for Herbalife Nutrition (1 of which is potentially serious!) that you should know about.

But be careful: Herbalife Nutrition may not be the best stock to buy. So check this out free List of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).

Please note that the market returns reported in this article reflect the market weighted average returns on stocks currently traded on US exchanges.

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