Diodes' (NASDAQ:DIOD) 13% CAGR outpaced the company's earnings growth over the same five-year period

Diodes Incorporated +0.74%

Diodes Incorporated

DIOD

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While Diodes Incorporated (NASDAQ:DIOD) shareholders are probably generally happy, the stock hasn't had particularly good run recently, with the share price falling 12% in the last quarter. On the bright side the share price is up over the last half decade. In that time, it is up 84%, which isn't bad, but is below the market return of 93%. While the long term returns are impressive, we do have some sympathy for those who bought more recently, given the 24% drop, in the last year.

The past week has proven to be lucrative for Diodes investors, so let's see if fundamentals drove the company's five-year performance.

View our latest analysis for Diodes

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 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.

During five years of share price growth, Diodes achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 19% per year. The EPS growth is more impressive than the yearly share price gain of 13% over the same period. So it seems the market isn't so enthusiastic about the stock these days.

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

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NasdaqGS:DIOD Earnings Per Share Growth March 30th 2024

We know that Diodes has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Diodes stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 29% in the last year, Diodes shareholders lost 24%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 13%, each year, over five years. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Diodes better, we need to consider many other factors. Take risks, for example - Diodes has 2 warning signs (and 1 which is significant) we think you should know about.

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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 American exchanges.

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