Astrana Health's (NASDAQ:ASTH) investors will be pleased with their splendid 114% return over the last five years

Astrana Health Inc. Ordinary Shares +1.78%

Astrana Health Inc. Ordinary Shares

ASTH

41.27

+1.78%

When you buy a stock there is always a possibility that it could drop 100%. But on the bright side, if you buy shares in a high quality company at the right price, you can gain well over 100%. For example, the Astrana Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTH) share price has soared 114% in the last half decade. Most would be very happy with that. We note the stock price is up 2.6% in the last seven days.

Now it's worth having a look at the company's fundamentals too, because that will help us determine if the long term shareholder return has matched the performance of the underlying business.

View our latest analysis for Astrana Health

While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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, Astrana Health managed to grow its earnings per share at 31% a year. This EPS growth is higher than the 16% average annual increase in the share price. So one could conclude that the broader market has become more cautious towards the stock.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

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NasdaqCM:ASTH Earnings Per Share Growth March 29th 2024

We know that Astrana Health has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? If you're interested, you could check this free report showing consensus revenue forecasts.

A Different Perspective

Astrana Health shareholders are up 17% for the year. But that return falls short of the market. The silver lining is that the gain was actually better than the average annual return of 16% per year over five year. This suggests the company might be improving over time. 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 instance, we've identified 1 warning sign for Astrana Health that you should be aware of.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

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

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